The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will continue its spring exhibition schedule with a presentation of work by local painter and ‘narrative quilt maker’ Dinah Sargeant, in the exhibition “Fabric Paintings,” opening March 23.
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The exhibition will feature a selection of Sargeant’s work spanning the last 20 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist’s passion for creating hand painted/collaged narrative quilts and dolls.
“When I view Dinah’s quilt work, I see paintings first,” said Larry Hurst,director of the COC art gallery. “But closer inspection reveals the intricate stitching and collage treatment of the surfaces. Meanwhile, her dolls act as three-dimensional figures derived from those paintings.
“Her works are pure magic, filled with subliminal meaning and powerful imagery,” added Hurst.
Sargeant earned her Master of Arts in painting from Chico State University in 1975. However, her work as a quilt and doll maker — which stemmed from her experiences both painting and sewing alongside her mother — didn’t begin until later in her career.
“I paint fabric, then search for narratives within the colors and shapes,” commented Sargeant about her work. “Between what I see and what I intuit, a story unfolds. I collage the imagery, then stitch it into quilts and dolls.”
The exhibition “Fabric Paintings” will be on display at the COC Art Gallery from Saturday, March 23, through Thursday, April 25.
An artist reception will take place in the Art Gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Sargeant will also visit the gallery for a special conversation with the artist, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.
All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Art Gallery or the exhibition “Fabric Painting” please visit www.canyons.edu/artgallery. For additional information about the artist visit www.dinahsargeant.com.
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