“I just let the material do what it wants to, really,” Isaman says, staring into one of her many unique designs. “Sometimes I can explain where I got my inspiration — a spring day, a good mood — (and) other times, I just let the material do what it wants.”
Many of her pieces are embellished — manipulated with glue to affix shells or other ornate trinkets that add an eclectic look to the material. These are not your grandma’s quilts. “But I will explain a lot of the history of quilting, which I find very interesting,” Isaman says.
Her hope is that, like herself and most who know her, those who take the time to take in her special presentation will walk away with a greater respect for the art of quilting.
Quilting provides the artist with unlimited creativity, Isaman says.
“I work with a flat piece of cloth, much like a painter’s canvas. I can create as I choose,” she says. “In an art quilt, the fabrics, threads, paint, beads and other embellishments enable me to experiment and push my creativity in new directions, keeping me excited about my work, and never, ever bored!”
Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and the Community Arts Center thanks all its volunteers who made this year’s blockbuster exhibit, and the past years’, a success. CAC extends a heartfelt “thank you” to the 85 volunteers who invested more than 1,100 hours this year to incorporate visual arts, music and drama into the exhibit. These volunteers continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Although all of our volunteers gave in their unique, individual ways to make this exhibit extremely special, we must offer two women special thanks: Cynthia Frey and Marti Dickerson. Cynthia and Marti worked tirelessly to coordinate our many volunteers’ schedules for each of our last three blockbuster exhibits, managing the troops daily to avoid chaos. We are deeply indebted to Cynthia and Marti for their contributions.
The Community Arts Center’s volunteers help it create arts opportunities for every member of our community.
IF YOU GO
Lunch with the Arts, featuring quilting with Pat Isaman
Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday
at the Community Arts Center, 401 E. Main St.
Cost is $10 for lunch; reserve by 6 p.m. Monday night on line at www.communityartscenter.net or by calling (859) 236-4054, or pay $5 at the door and bring your own lunch.