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First Fridays Art Opening, “Photos in Fiber” with Jill Kerttula
February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Jill Kerttula. Her exhibition, “Photos in Fiber,” is free and open to the public.
Jill Kerttula’s art quilts are a culmination of years of professional art experience, combined with her avocations of sewing and photography. Kerttula was a professional graphic designer and art director; she taught college level art and design classes; as an art major, she had specialized in printmaking; and she also spent several years on the art fair circuit.
The fiber works that Kerttula creates, merge her photography and stitching. She puts it this way: “My photos are what I saw. My stitching changes it to how, as an artist, I saw it.”
The stitching allows her to celebrate and express textures in a way that the flat surface of photography does not, and her photography provides the underlying composition for her work, much like the underlying sketch in a painting.
In 2014, she retired from commercial design work, and moved to Charlottesville. It was then she started using larger scale digital printing printed on fabric and working full-time as a fine artist. Her work has received many awards in international and national shows. In 2015, Kerttula spent a month as the Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National park, and her studio is in residence at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. In November of 2018, she was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ at the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas, where she was awarded a solo show of her work.
Her fiber-based works include a range of the subjects that Kerttula has explored photographically; including DC and Charlottesville urban life. They also explore her love of texture and use both conventional and unconventional materials.
Through her work she strives to bridge the craftsmanship and traditions of fiber art “women’s work” with the strong concept and composition required in the fine arts of painting and photography, thus helping to expand the boundaries of both areas.
Those who are unable to attend the opening can view her work through Thursday, February 28, during our open writing hours, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.