Quilting takes on a whole new meaning in the dynamic new exhibition "Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts 2018" at the Whistler House Museum of Art, Worthen Street, Lowell. It runs Aug. 11-Sept. 15, with an opening reception this Saturday, 2-4 p.m., in the Parker Gallery.

For the exhibition, the Whistler House welcomed contemporary art quilts of all kinds, colors and subject matter. "Interplay" gives local and international fiber artists an opportunity to showcase their strongest work.

The quilts showcase the reciprocal relationship between the medium and the creativity, skill and imagination of each artist.

Internationally known fiber artist Wen Redmond and accomplished quilter Janice Jones juried the show, selecting 42 original quilts from more than 100 submissions. Their goal was to create a show of quilts that vary distinctly in color, theme, composition and technique.

Featured artist-quilters include Agusta Agustsson, Genevieve Attinger, Sue Bleiweiss, Betty Busby, Sue Colozzi, Nancy Crasco, Gabriele DiTota, Patricia G. Faulkner, Ellen Fisher, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Sandra Gregg, Beverly Hinckley, Cheryl Kessler, Ann Lee, Jeanne Marklin, Sherri Lipman McCauley, Barbara McKie, Suzanne Munroe, Madalene Murphy, Alanna Nelson, Stephanye Schuyler, Phyllis Small, Sarah Ann Smith, Marge Tucker, Nancy Turbitt, Allison Wilbur, Marianne Williamson and Judith Wombwell.


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In addition, quilts from Redmond's digital fiber mini-quilt class, conducted in the Parker Gallery on June 30, are also on display. Each art quilter created a mini-12x12 segmented digital quilt with a painted edge treatment, based on Redmond's book "Digital Fiber." Art quilters displayed include Ellena Geroato, Carrie Zizza, Susan Wakmonski, Joanne Russavage, Lisa Panaccione, Pamela Simpkins and Janice Jones.

For more information, visit www.whistlerhouse.org.

And while we're on the topic of quilts, Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell, hosts "Common Threads," featuring colorful quiltings by members of Ironworks Quilting, an artist collaborative in Saugus. Featured quilters include Julie Legere, Jayne McCarthy Lynch, Diane Barth, Joanne Moore, Anne DeBonis, Marie Proverb, Mathew Powers, Jack Fleming, Traci Bradstreet and Kirsten Swenson. On view Aug. 9-Sept. 1, an opening reception will be held this Saturday, 3-5 p.m., and a closing reception Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

Art picks

FLOWER POWER: The Arts League of Lowell, or ALL, hosts an artists' reception on Saturday, Aug. 11, 4-6 p.m., in the ALL Gallery on Market Street, Lowell, for its current exhibition, "Storytelling with Flowers." Floral interpretations come to life through colorful fabric, the camera lens, the paintbrush and storytelling in this group showcase of works by fabric designer Pat Caron, photographs and encaustic works by Norm Caron and paintings and words by Pamela Wamala. It runs through Aug. 26. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org.

CARVING A NICHE: Contemporary Art International -- also known as The Quarry (it's off Quarry Road near NARA Park in North Acton) -- is hosting its 7th annual "Stone Carving Symposium" this month, giving sculptors an opportunity to carve the myriad rocks and boulders on the site, and the public a chance to witness the creative process in progress. More than 100 sculptures are on display on the outdoor art grounds. The indoor gallery features a series of paintings by Tai Ming-Te entitled "Before the End of the Journey." CAI is open to the public every day from 2-5 p.m., or by appointment by calling 617-699-6401. $10, adults; $5, children/seniors. For info, visit www.contemporaryartsinternational.org.

CERAMIC MASTERS: The Lacoste/Keane Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord, presents "Karnes, Hole and Kasten: Perspectives in Sculpture," a new exhibition featuring works by three influential women in ceramics from three different generations. It opens with a reception Saturday, Aug. 11, 3-5 p.m., and runs to Sept. 1. Karen Karnes (1925-2016) and Nina Hole (1941-2016) were matriarchs of the ceramic world, and Ani Kasten, born in 1976, similarly is making her mark as a contemporary ceramicist. Visit www.lacostekeane.com for info.