past exhibits

Quilty Pleasures


October 17, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Opening reception: Tuesday, October 17 – 6-7PM

Join us for an evening of visual arts by the talented Chester quilting group Quilty Pleasures and live music by the gifted Chester Baroque Orchestra at the Atrium Art Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

What is Quilty Pleasures?

Quilty Pleasures is a quilt group based right here in Chester, although many of our members are from other towns in the area.  We meet twice a month.  Most of our quilters have some – or a great deal – of quilting and sewing experience; however, while we do not technically teach quilting, we are proud to say that we do encourage and mentor newer quilters who take the initiative to begin an apprenticeship.   

Quilting?  Isn’t that a dying art?

The answer is a resounding no!  There are an estimated thirty million active sewists (a person who sews, especially as a hobby) in the US and Canada, and the quilting industry anticipates $5 billion in sales by 2026-27. 

Who are these quilters?

The average quilter begins to quilt in her 50’s, not surprisingly an age when time, space and income are more available, and empty nests may be filled with quilting paraphernalia. 

I like modern things.  Isn’t quilting old fashioned? 

While many quilters love to carry on the beloved traditions and techniques of the past, it is an evolving craft, constantly moving into the present.  New tools, fabrics, computerized sewing machines and designs are one of the reasons for that $5 billion estimate.  There are many quilters who use recycled fabrics and basic sewing machines to create extraordinary pieces, but many more are quilting product consumers who attend huge shows all over the country to see the latest in quilting trends.  These days, contemporary designs, colors and patterns will appeal even to the staunchest minimalist.  A quilt may be a wall hanging, a table runner or an article of clothing.  It is not just a bed covering.  An art quilt is literally a piece of art that happens to be quilted.  It may feature thread painting, hand-dyed fabrics, painted fabrics and dozens of other innovative techniques – in short, not your grandmother’s quilt, as cherished as that may be.  This is decidedly not an art form frozen in the past.

What do these quilts represent?

The exhibit is comprised of small quilts made by Quilty Pleasures members.  Some are made by quilters with decades of experience; others are made by members who are relatively new to quilting.  Please look at the card by each quilt for information on the quilter and the quilt and also at the slide show with pictures of larger quilts by our members.  Quilters are bound not only by a passion for their craft but also by the friendship and camaraderie that is intrinsic to being a part of a quilt group.  That is the one thing that remains unchanged over the centuries.

Quilty Pleasures meets at The Chester Library on the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 to 1:00 and at The Chester Community Presbyterian Church on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:30 to 1:30. For information please call Bea Hailes 973-886-5469.

Jane Biron

“SUMMER 2023”
May 16, 2023 – September 15, 2023
Opening reception – Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6-7PM

I haven’t ever not been an artist. I remember drawing murals on the walls of our home with crayons. Now I use paint. Early on I got my hands on my father’s Brownie camera and began taking family photos. As a teenager, my brother built me a darkroom. My fascination with images and capturing moments in time perpetuates to this day. I am never without a camera. I spent six years in Art Schools in the late 60’s and early 70’s – Ringling School of Art, School ofVisual Arts, and Art Students League – only changing institutions in an attempt to study with the best teachers available at the time – Chuck Close, Brice Marden, Mel Bochner, Will Barnet, etc.

My goal was to have the most well-rounded education possible.

I draw. I paint. I sculpt. I take photographs. I sew. I weave. One thing leads to another. I enjoy rituals and one of my favorites is photographing reflective sunsets. You can spot me

most nights on the bridge over the Black River, awaiting the perfect moment, as the most vivid colors appear. I am obsessed with capturing nature’s wild and yet subtle changes. SUMMER 2023 is composed of some of my most recent paintings of bonfires. Currently several of my bonfire paintings are on display at the Noyes Museum in Atlantic City. One of the paintings was chosen as the show announcement flyer, poster, and catalog cover photo for the New Jersey Arts Annual 2023.

I love the colors of flames and smoke as they ascend through a sunset. The name bonfire says it all for me – luminosity, brilliance, vivacity of imagination.

When I teach my desire is to share information with enthusiasm. I wouldn’t call my methods orthodox, but if students are willing to pay attention to what I offer, they can definitely benefit. I consider myself a visiting artist, more so than a teacher. I have “enlightened” children at Camp Blue Ridge in Pennsylvania and at the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey. And for three years I have instructed adults at Chester Borough’s Field House where I’ll be again this coming fall beginning on September 19, 2023.

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