Saturday, May 3, 2014

Art Quilts at Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

MELBOURNE, FLA.The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology will present the sequel to its successful juried exhibition of art quilts, Florida in Fabric II which will feature 35 original quilts created by Florida artists. In conjunction with Florida in Fabric II, the center will also present Oil Stains, a quilt series by Florida artist Eleanor McCain.

These quilts will be on view at the Funk Center, May 24 - Aug. 23. Featured Florida in Fabric II works were selected by distinguished juror Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international organization representing 3,100 members in 32 countries.

Florida in Fabric II aims to promote an appreciation of quilt making as an art form and to provide Florida quilters with an opportunity to display their quilts in the state’s premier textile arts center. Art accepted for this exhibition exemplifies innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship.

Oil Stains will feature nine quilts representing the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Eleanor McCain is a practicing Internal Medicine Physician in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Although her career has been in science, she has always sought a creative outlet, focusing on the art quilt after 1994. She has been an exhibitor in Quilt National five times. Her works can be seen in numerous public and private collections including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. She lectures frequently on the art quilt, and has been featured in numerous publications.

To celebrate the exhibits’ launch, juror Martha Sielman will present a free gallery talk at the Funk Center on May 24 at 1 p.m.  In addition, the Center will present several exhibit-related programs including a children’s “Fun with Fabric” workshop on June 28, a free gallery talk with feature artist Eleanor McCain on July 26 and a “Fabric Postcard” workshop on August 9. 
For detailed event information, visit, or call (321) 674-8313.

Beginning May 24, regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center will be Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne at 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free.

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