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The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) and the Art-A-Pelago Gallery are pleased to present “Stories from the Scraps,” an exhibition of eleven art quilts by German fiber artist Andrea Jasmine Schwenk. The exhibition, Ms. Schwenk’s first in the United States, will be housed at Art-A-Pelago’s “Paros” Gallery, in the D.J. Harvey Agency offices at 815 Main St., Honesdale PA, beginning December 19, 2018. A Special Holiday opening reception with Ms. Schwenk will be held on Saturday Dec 22 10am – 5pm.
Art quilting goes beyond the familiar geometric patterns of most American quilting, to convey narratives, moods, and portraits. “The point of my quilts,” says Ms. Schwenk, “is not perfect execution. There are many quilters here in America who do this much better than I. I am trying to express feelings and tell stories, by painting with cloth and thread.”
Some of the quilts incorporate other arts. Ms. Schwenk has also been a “lampworker,” creating glass bead jewelry such as is featured on her portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Others involved poems stitched into the fabric, written in collaboration with Honesdale writer Skip Mendler; the two met during his trip to Europe in 2017. Ms. Schwenk is visiting Honesdale until January 14.
Some of the quilts may be previewed on the Facebook page “Artquilts by Andrea Jasmine Schwenk.”

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