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June. 23, 2006

Quilts exhibited in McClelland Art Gallery

LINCOLN— Martha Turner, mother of Union College student, Rachel Turner, is displaying her quilt exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery until Aug. 13.
        “We had never shown any fabric in the art gallery before and I thought it would add a good variety,” said Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art and graphic design who is in charge of choosing artists’ work for the gallery. “Mrs. Turner’s art did not disappoint.”
        Turner began her creative quilting journey because of a tornado that occurred near her home. She realized if another tornado ever hit, it would be better to have a decorative quilt hanging above her bed than a heavy picture frame. That decision has led to art-piece quilts inspired by nature and history.
        “I think that God, who created our beautiful world, made us with a desire to create things of beauty ourselves,” Turner wrote in the exhibit introduction statement. “For me quilting fills that need.”
        Pieces include Neighbors, inspired by Spanish architecture; The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, which includes some of Turner’s favorite Biblical texts stitched on the binding; Chili Pepper Christmas, to honor of her present Texas home; and The Butterfly Farm, a hand appliquéd and machine quilted piece.
        The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"The Butterfly Farm"
"Chili Pepper Christmas"
"Neighbors"
"The Lion of the Tribe of Judah"