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Monkey Wrench QuiltCold Winter; Warm Hearts

Emporium Framing and Gallery in South Berwick ME is pleased to announce its Winter art show, “Cold Winter; Warm Hearts,” opening with a reception February 9, 5-7 pm including complimentary beverages and snacks. This exhibit will run through April 7, 2018.

The show will feature the art of Susann Foster Brown, an award-winning artist local to Milton NH. Her works will include etchings and quilting, in Susann’s words:

Winter has been exceptionally cold this year.  Our old farmhouse ages more slowly than her human inhabitants do, but still shivers along with us when the winds howl and the snow piles deep.  Pipes freeze.  Ice often caps the drifts – the cycle repeats and repeats.  We each trust Spring will come, but do not believe our own gardens will bloom with the perfection of the seed catalog photographs. Nevertheless, I will send for seeds.Sawtooth Variation Quilt

My etchings are mostly neutral colors; sometimes there’s a spot of color for emphasis.  But my need for color is most often fulfilled in quilting.

My images are small scale -- I believe etching is an intimate medium, meant to be held in the hand or viewed closely to appreciate the detail.  My work is quiet and will not shout at you from across a room. They make small spaces more human, and offer the viewer respite from a too busy and often violent world.

Quilting, for me, has become a collaboration between “anonymous” and “ordinary” women (and men?) and myself.  I chose to seek out abandoned quilt blocks of vintage fabrics to challenge myself to make complete and finished works from stashes of incomplete found pieces.  I am delighted to see the blocks and their unexpected color choices choose for themselves the next steps in designing the completed piece – it’s like planting a mixed packet of seeds and not knowing which will sprout and which will thrive.Blue Windows Quilt

This show represents the first show for Emporium Framing and Gallery under new ownership – as of January 16, long time owners Ray Hamel and Sue Pretty Hamel passed the shop torch to new owners, friends and now business partners, Lisa Bedell Cheever and Elizabeth Woodbury. All are welcome to this opening to view Susann Foster Brown’s art and celebrate this soft opening of the Emporium with Lisa and Libby!

Churn Dash Daises Quilt (top right), Susann Foster Brown, all cotton, vintage/antique blocks: modern sashing

Sawtooth Variation Quilt (upper middle right), Susann Foster Brown, all cotton, 1930's antique blocks, modern sashing

Blue Windows Quilt (lower right), Susann Foster Brown, all cotton, modern reproduction prints, my teaching piece lots of hand quilting


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