Feature Dates: January 2 – March 28, 2020
Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 5:30-7:30pm | River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI).
Save 10% on art purchases made during the reception on January 23 from 5:30-7:30pm!
River Arts is pleased to feature one of our most long-standing artists, Cynthia Quinn, as well as welcome guest artist Lisa Binkley. Both artists specialize in intricate beadwork and embroidery, often on hand dyed fabric with elements inspired by the natural world. This exhibit will feature never-before-seen work by both Cynthia and Lisa. On view for a limited time only!
Join us for an evening on the river! At the reception, the public can meet with the artists, see their work, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Artist talk begins at 6pm.
Cynthia Quinn Artist Statement:
I have been lucky in my life to have worked as and artist from day one, just out of college, through the years to my pursuits today. In the early years I was practically employed as a graphic designer. I worked professionally in that field for 40 some years. I have fond memories of clients, coworkers and the challenges of pre and post computer integration in design. I found I was a good communicator and designer. I enjoyed partnering with my clients to let the public know about their various endeavors.
In my mid thirties, I realized a strong need to create art on my own terms. I set myself in motion to hone my drawing and painting skills taking classes wherever I could fit them into my schedule. The more I learned, the more I wanted to create. Gradually I shifted to teaching part time art courses while making studio art, entering juried shows and exhibiting frequently.
Six years ago there was an unplanned turn in the road. I have painted and drawn all of my life, but through a fortuitous relationship with my mentor and friend Leslee Nelson, I began experimenting with textile design. So much has happened to my creative process using the new media.
Texture is a wonderful addition to choices I can make, along with custom dyeing my fabrics and embroidery threads, using vintage cloths of all kinds, and incorporating painting into my pieces. I enjoy hand-stitching as the marks are akin to drawing but with thread. My inspiration flows from
the natural world that never ceases to provide creative ideas.
Lisa Binkley has been a friend of mine for a very long time. Her textile work is superb, and since I have adopted this type of art-making our bond and appreciation for each other has become even stronger. I am grateful she agreed to exhibit with me at River Arts on Water. Thank you
Kristina Coopman and Lindsey Giese for the opportunity.
See more of Cynthia’s work at www.cynthiaquinn.com
Lisa Binkley Artist Statement:
Since early childhood I have spent countless hours immersed in threads and beads and in stitching them onto fabric. As a studio artist these fabrics are usually wool and repurposed vintage linens, and I often dye and print on them with botanical pigments and leaves that I collect on my daily woodland walks.
Throughout my life I have also been a self-guided student of the natural world, the spiritual quest, and poetry. For tens of thousands of years and across much of the globe, others have shared these material and intellectual passions. Like me, they have sought to contemplate and celebrate life’s questions and wonders through the slow process of hand stitching with beads and thread.
As I carry on my part of this tradition, I work to create meticulously crafted art objects. Hand stitching each piece slowly and mindfully, I see these objects as forms of tangible and tactile poetry. Through them I seek to converse silently with viewers about the mysteries and beauty of our world.
See more of Lisa’s work at lisabinkley.typepad.com