“Branching Out” And
University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
August 4, 2015 – October 4, 2015
Two original art quilt exhibits by the Azalea City Art Quilters will be on display in the first floor
gallery of the USA Marx Library through October 5, 2015.
A nonprofit organization, the Azalea City Art Quilters (a.k.a. Art Bee) was founded in 2004.
Practicing their motto of “nO RuLeS,” the members explore new techniques through individual
and group projects. Their original designs are based on their own ideas rather than using
traditional patterns. The two exhibits being shown in the Marx Library are colorful, eye-catching
displays that showcase the group’s talent, creativity, and originality.
“Branching Out” is a large, beautiful tree with outstretched limbs measuring over 15 feet across.
To create this collaborative fiber art project, each of the 22 participating members took a section
of the tree and had the freedom to interpret it as imaginatively or realistically as desired, using
any quilting or fiber art technique. Techniques used include both hand and machine appliqué,
painting, fused fabrics, needle felting, embellishments, decorative stitching, and quilting.
Together, the sections reflect a wide range of artistic styles and construction methods.
“Funky Self-Portraits” is a collection of original, whimsical self-portraits created by the
members of the Azalea City Art Quilters. Each quilter did a wild and crazy freehand self-portrait
in fabric. No pattern was used, and while certain details such as hairstyle or glasses are accurate,
no attempt was made to make the portraits look true-to-life. The result is a group of fun and
funky self-portraits in a wide variety of colors and styles. Although each portrait includes a
name plate, people who know the members may recognize the artist without reading the name.
The group thought it would be fun for people viewing their other exhibit to look at the portraits
and get an idea of the person who made each quilt.
The Azalea City Art Quilters are also members of the Azalea City Quilters’ Guild, and both
groups welcome new members. For more information on either group, please contact Susan
Mogan at 251-458-0246.