The last stop on my recent tour of Ohio quilt art venues was the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, where the annual show sponsored by the Quilt Surface Design Symposium is on display through July 14. Anybody who has attended a QSDS workshop is eligible to enter, and this year's show had work by 36 artists.
I found about half the work pleasant but nothing special, but the other half was excellent. Today I'll show you three abstract compositions from the excellent side that struck my fancy -- although the techniques varied, the overall character and color sensibility seemed quite similar, reminiscent of traditional quilt designs but each fresh in its own way.
One of the best was made by Sue Benner, a huge block design. Because it's fused rather than pieced, she can blur the edges of the blocks for an informal effect. The size, the colors, the careful placement of lights and darks all combine to make this a winner. If there had been a best-in-show to be awarded, I'd give it to this quilt.
I'll write about other quilts in the show later this week.