The Hoxie Gallery, named after William D. and Lavinia B. Hoxie, is a public art gallery that generally displays the work of local area artists. In keeping with the overall mission of the Memorial and Library Association, we offer art exhibits to the community by providing exhibit space for area artists. Each exhibit is booked for the period of one month.
If you are interested in exhibiting your art work at the Hoxie Gallery,
please review the following Exhibit application information.
This Month in the Hoxie Gallery
A Tapestry of Quilts
by Barbara Barber
Opening Reception Wednesday, February 1st
This Very Special Two-Month Exhibit runs Wed., Feb. 1st - Sat., March 25th, 2017
A Tapestry of Quilts, a retrospective of quilts designed and constructed by Barbara W. Barber, of Westerly, will be displayed at the Hoxie Gallery of the Westerly Public Library from February 1st to March 24th.
Barbara's work is well known in the quilting world, having been displayed and winning awards in many venues, locally, nationally, and internationally. The exhibit will include pieces from many of her previous showings at this venue; newer work will be included as well.
Included in the exhibit will be:
"Roots," one of approximately 40 selections used b the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, for its special "Backstitch" show, a special exhibit in celebration of the Museum's 25 years of collecting and sharing quilt history.
Four of her quilts displayed, by invitation, at the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY, December - February 2011. This exhibit, and these quilts, gave tribute to the revitalization of the "Broderie Perse technique, a process Barbara undertook early in its revival, using her creativity, and documented her experiences in a book published by AQS.
The range of the artist's work is varied: from spiritual, to humorous, to tongue-in-cheek; from tedious and time-consuming handwork to "instant gratification" pieces using fusible techniques. A variety of these extremes will be included.
A special attraction for Harry Potter fans will be the artist's presentation of seven Harry Poter quilts, one for each of the books written by J.K. Rowling. The maker has enjoyed the series and has used her extensive imagination to uniquely interpret the images formed during the reading, whilc purposely avoiding the stereotypes and copyrighted images of both the books and the movies.
Recently the artist has used family photos for inspiration and has replicated the images by painting on the fabric and completing the reproductions either by hand or machine quilting, complete with fabric "frames." A sample of these will also be on display.
Finally, several interactive "character" quilts will complete the exhibit. These quilts are "hands-on" in that they will encourage the visitors to step-into and become a variety of characters. Come with a camera and catch the imposters among the crowd!