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New Nave exhibit features quilts, pottery exhibit (Video)

By BY J.R. ORTEGA - JRORTEGA@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Pottery and quilt pieces from the South Texas Coastal Plains Studio Art Quilters Association, the Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria, Gerry Bernhard of Santa Rosa Pottery and Austin ceramicist Lisa Orr will highlight the Nave Museum's "Illuminations in Textile and Clay: Craft as Art" exhibit, which runs from Friday through March 10.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: "The Nave Museum'sIlluminations in Textile and Clay: Craft as Art"

• WHERE: The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

• WHEN: Friday through March 10 HOURS: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays.

• INFO: Call 361-575-8227 or visit navemuseum.com

Your grandmother's quilting has reached a whole new level in Victoria.

For proof, stop by the The Nave Museum for a look at its new exhibit, "Illuminations in Textile and Clay: Craft as Art," which runs through March 10.

The exhibit will feature traditional and mixed media textile work from everyday household objects.

Pottery jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of colors highlighted under bright museum lights invite the eyes into the start of the exhibit. The quilts are traditional quilts accentuated with sequins, Swarovski beads and powerfully vibrant colors of cloth and paint.

Amy Leissner, who is co-curating the exhibit with Sharon Steen, is excited about this newest exhibit, which puts the focus on the talented artisans who live in the community every day.

"We wanted to show diversity," she said. "It's certainly not what you would think of. I really like the local angle ... we like to have that connection with the community. I think people will be really surprised by the level of skill and that these really are works of art."

The works featured come from the Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria, the South Texas Coastal Plains Studio Art Quilters, Gerry Bernhard of Santa Rosa Pottery and Austin ceramicist Lisa Orr.

Gail Dentler, with the South Texas Coastal Plains Studio Art Quilters, does more than dabble with quilting, she's made it an art form.

Dentler, 45, of Victoria, first learned to quilt from her grandmother and is one of many exhibitors who have helped envision quilting in a different light.

"I hope people walk away with an appreciation for the evolution of quilting," Dentler said.

The Nave Museum's last exhibit, "Ann Harithas' Transformative Visions" went over well with the public, Leissner said. The Nave has shows scheduled until 2015 and its next exhibit is Jesus Moroles' granite sculpturing.

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