New exhibits featuring quilted works by Jill Jensen and ceramic and found object sculptures by Barbara Kobylinska will be on display Oct. 19, 2019 through January 4, 2020 at Piedmont Arts.
In Hands, Head, Heart, Jill Jensen combines woodblock prints, found objects and bits of nature with color and texture to create bold and powerful quilts. Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jensen uses the region’s beautiful vistas, striking sunsets and ever changing flora and fauna as inspiration for her work. Jensen also uses drawings or photographs taken on her travels as the basis for many of her pieces. The written word, mythology, works of literature and prayers have all found their way into her quilts. Jensen’s work is part of the collections of museums and universities across the country, including Taubman Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Pennsylvania State University and Sweetbriar College. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, FT: Fiber Transformed, the Artisan Center of Virginia and is State Representative for Virginia and West Virginia for the Surface Design Association. In 2017, Jensen received an artist fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in France, Moulin a Nef Studio Center, Auvillar, France.
The Wild and Wonderful World of Barbara Kobylinska approaches art with both a studied sense of design and an unapologetic intuition. Kobylinska’s large indoor/outdoor sculptures are adventurous and inventive. With humor and a sophisticated, playful intelligence, she invites the viewer to share her delight in the unexpected. Kobylinska’s work has been exhibited in shows across the country and is part of many private collections. She is a member of International Sculpture Center, Washington Sculptors Group, Potter’s Council and Ceramic Designers Association.
Working Men will be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery.
Join Piedmont Arts for an Opening Reception in honor of these exhibits on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored by Fran Gale and Tee Freeman, Libby Kormos, Susan and David Morris, Barbara and Guy Stanley and Lynwood Artists. RSVP attendance to (276) 632-3221 or online at PiedmontArts.org.