LACONIA — Imagine using fabric to create quilts that are true works of art. Such is the creative life of Sue Harris of Gilford. Her unique and creative quilts depict such subject matter as giant dolphins, mesmerizing patterns and colorful shapes and women dressed in eye-catching garments.
Harris has a talent for turning fabric into wall sized quilts and smaller fabric pieces, all in beautiful colors from deep reds to throbbing yellows to cooling blues and other hues. Not only do the colors in her quilts catch the viewer's eye, the patterns are also original works of art that feature all sorts of subjects, from people to fish to animals.
In a unique exhibit on the first-floor gallery of the Belknap Mill, located at 25 Beacon St. East in Laconia, Harris will offer Quilt Visions. The exhibit runs from August 13 to September 2 and will showcase about 30 quilts for the public's enjoyment.
Harris ran a small quilting shop in the Lakes Region in the past, but moved to Alaska after some life changes; she has returned to the area where she now resides in Gilford and continues to create large and smaller quilts. Her studio is a place where fabrics take on new life in quilted scenes. "I hope to teach all aspects of quilting again and I am looking forward to sharing my quilted pieces in this exhibit," Sue explains.
During the show, Sue will be in the gallery for quilting demonstrations on August 20 and 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
An opening reception will be held Friday, August 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. with light refreshments.
Quilt Visions is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; other hours are by chance or appointment.
Quilt by Sue Harris. (Courtesy photo)