Past exhibits and events with Northwind
2017 Alchemy of the Abstract (People's Choice winner) | 2017 Art in the Library | 2015 Fantasias in Fiber
For as long as I can remember, I have expressed myself through artwork. My formal training was primarily in design, drawing, and studio painting. After many years of painting, sewing, and experimenting with other materials, I discovered that fabric, as used as a fine art medium, best expressed my personal vision. I love the tactile qualities of cloth, and the unlimited color range made possible by hand dyeing and other surface design techniques. Since 1982, I have been a quilt maker, i.e., my work is constructed from layers of fabric, stitched together with batting or other filler between the layers.
All of the fabrics in my quilts are my own designs. They are either one-of-a-kind fabrics, hand dyed, painted, or printed by me, or they are from the commercial lines that I have designed, which are based on my hand-dyed originals.
Illusions of movement, depth, and luminosity are common to most of my work. The inner glow is created by gradual progressions from light to dark. Both my geometric color studies, and my more organic, curved seam abstracts are inspired by visual impressions, collected in my travels, in my everyday life, and in my imagination. Although some of my quilts include recognizable images, my work is most often about seeing, experiencing, and imagining, rather than pictorial representation of any specific object or species.
The focus of my work is on the qualities of color, line, and texture, which will engage the spirit and emotions of the viewer, evoking a sense of mystery, excitement, or joy. My intention is to focus on positive energy and depict that in my work. I intend for my quilts to be seen and enjoyed by others. It is my hope that they will lift the spirits and delight the eyes of those who see them.
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which are easily recognized by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications throughout the world, and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections in twenty-two states and six foreign countries. Honors include: 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century (2000), 30 Most Influential Quiltmakers in the World (2002), Bernina Leadership Award (2003), International Quilt Festival Silver Star (lifetime achievement) Award, NQA Masterpiece Quilt Award (1986), IQA Master Awards for Contemporary Artistry (2002 & 2007) and Machine Artistry (1997) All American Quilter (2004) and Best of Show in 16 national and international exhibitions.
From 1986-2013 Caryl shared what she learned with students in her workshops and lectures, which took her to eleven countries on five continents. She continues to share her knowledge through her lectures, publications, and website.