Sunday, March 4, 2012

“Raw Edges” Opens at Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery”

(Downtown Sanford, FL)… “Raw Edges” is the central Florida debut of Cocoa Beach artists Allison Stilwell and Midge Baudouin. This cutting edge exhibition opens on Saturday, March 17th with an artist reception from 10 am to 4 pm.

“Raw Edges” is a collaboration of two artistic spirits, emerging artist, Midge Baudouin and contemporary artist, Allison Stilwell. Both plunge into mixed media bringing a new look to scraps of fabric, threads, and paper that burst with color, texture and whimsy. The result is a collection of visionary art quilts, sculpture, dolls, and jewelry. Both create from an organic place, constantly trying to be fearless.

Stilwell’s twenty years of experience as a fiber artist brings new heights and vision by incorporating recycled material and silk-screened fabric with a touch of humor and politics. She is a nationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. Allison is a published artist and appeared in magazines such as, Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors and Art Doll Quarterly. For Raw Edges, Stilwell has been sewing colorful art quilts, sculpting fanciful heads of recycled plastic bags and paper, building whimsical dolls and her “Mixed Up” jewelry is an up beat take on charm bracelets.

Emerging artist Midge Baudouin, spent 45 years building an incredible career in the arts and crafts industry. Baudouin spent most of her life in front of spreadsheets and calculators, traveling from airport to airport as VP of sales and marketing, making big deals across the country. She now follows her bliss, stitching and creating. She is fresh out of the gate with an array of all hand-sewn pieces using predominately scraps and stealing fabric from Allison’s stash. Her work is rough, organic and hand sewn. For Raw Edges Midge debuts her “grunge stitching” in colorful fiber collages of birds, bees, flowers and skeletons.

Raw Edges opens March 17 and will be at the Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery until April 15, 2012.  The gallery is located at 211 E. 1st Street in Historic Downtown Sanford, FL.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm.  For more information on this exhibition, please call 407-323-2744 or go to

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