Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints | May 12-July 16, 2016
Excellence in Machine-Quilting and Surface Design

Curated by Nancy Crow

Elizabeth Brandt, The Habits of Being, 2015 © Elizabeth Brandt, 100.5” x 63.25,” Cotton fabric, polyester batting and thread, Photo: William Morgan.  

Featured Artists

Mary Lou Alexander, Hubbard, OH; Claire Benn, Bethworth, Surrey, UK; Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, MI; Chris Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH; Jan Myers-Newbury, Pittsburgh, PA; Denise Roberts, Albright, WV; Jayne Willoughby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Barb Wills, Prescott, AZ


Opening Reception | Thursday, May 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
Join us for the public opening reception and be the first to view these never-before-exhibited artworks. A trio from the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club will perform thanks to generous support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Curator's Tour | Friday, May 13, noon - 1 p.m.
Nancy Crow will lead an in-depth tour discussing her selection process, as well as current techniques and trends in contemporary quilt-making. Each artist will also be present to briefly speak about their work and answer questions.

Fiber Collage with Patty Mitchell: Free Family Workshop | Saturday, May 21, 2 - 4 p.m.
Explore new materials through ripping, cutting, drawing, beading, and stitching with OAC Artist in Residence Patty Mitchell. Put these techniques to use on an individual quilt or collaborate with a group. This workshop is geared toward children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by registered adult. Please register in advance here.

Layering Words with Wendy McVicker: Free Writing Workshop | Thursday, June 9, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Immersed within the Material Pulses exhibition, Athens poet and OAC Artist in Residence Wendy McVicker will lead a free writing workshop based around the possibilities of material, texture, color, and pulse. Integrating the dimension of the spoken word, Wendy will engage participants in a collaborative poetry reading and invite them to stir their own words to life. Please register in advance here.

While you browse the Material Pulses exhibition, watch original art unfold before your eyes. 

Piecing Pattern with Donalee Kennedy | May 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. & May 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Quilt-maker and pattern designer Donalee Kennedy will create an improvisational, machine-pieced wall-hanging quilt-top using her own fabric designs. 

Dyeing to See the Surface with Jeanie Coy Auseon | July 7 & July 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Columbus mixed media 2D artist Jeanie Coy Auseon will create original surface designs using various printmaking, stamping, and dyeing techniques on silk and canvas.  

Riffe Gallery admission, events, and programming are free and open to the public.

Lobby Exhibition

VSA Ohio's Accessible Expressions 2016 | June 6 - July 7, 2016

This statewide touring exhibition celebrates its 20th year of presenting visual art created by artists of all ages with disabilities. See it in the first floor lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, directly outside the OAC’s Riffe Gallery. 

More Info

For more images from current, upcoming, and past exhibitions--visit the OAC's Riffe Gallery Flickr.


MTWF 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
THUR  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
SAT  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays and state holidays. 


MARY GRAY | Riffe Gallery Director

Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor Lobby
77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

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