MORRISVILLE — “Remembrance,” an exhibit featuring work by Athena Petra Tasiopoulos and Nina Dubois, will be on display in the Copley Common Room at River Arts through Jan. 9. “Colorful & Curvaceous: Captivating Quilt Art by Judy B. Dales” will be on exhibit in the Gallery at River Arts through Jan. 9. An artist talk and opening reception for both will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.
Tasiopoulos is a mixed-media collage artist and fine-art photographer. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Tasiopoulos describes herself as a collector of secondhand images — primarily “cabinet card” portrait photography and figure studies from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
“My imagination is continuously lured by the mystery of found photographs — ‘instant relatives’ discarded and forgotten in antique stores. It is as if these souls exist in limbo — simultaneously trapped yet saved within photography. I find myself feeling compassion for them. By re-inventing the portrait, I aim to disjoint my subjects from an antiquated identity, allowing them to transcend the constraints of time and place,” Tasiopoulos wrote.
Dubois is an artist, feminist and educator living in Vermont. She graduated from Goddard College with a B.A. in arts education and teaches at a therapeutic high school in Poultney. Dubois works in assemblage, flash poetry, painting and collage, in an effort to investigate history, text and place.
“When I make something, I am actively exploring issues from media, text and the constructed environment, especially as it relates to women,” Dubois wrote.
Dales began making quilts in 1970 with a focus on geometric patterns, but soon evolved to fluid designs comprised of curved lines and lyrical shapes. When Dales discovered curves, the magic began, and her process now alternates between effortless and complex, utilizing layers of tracing paper to allow for the evolution of her design.
Dales has exhibited nationally and been featured in many prestigious museums, collections and books including: the Clinton Presidential Library, The National Quilt Museum, the Vermont Governor’s Office Gallery, Shelburne Museum, Visions in San Diego, The Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian Museum and The American Quilter’s Society Show and Museum. Her work has been included in the book “The 100 Best Quilts of The 20th Century.”
Gallery hours are: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and first and third Sundays; call 802-888-1261, or go online to www.riverartsvt.org. The River Arts Center is located at 74 Pleasant St.