Milton Public Library presents April exhibit: “Milton Quilts” by Artist Bethany Izard

Milton Public Library presents April exhibit: “Milton Quilts” by Artist Bethany Izard
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Milton Public Library presents April exhibit: “Milton Quilts” by Artist Bethany Izard

From April 1st through the 30th, artist Bethany Izard will show her quilts in the Wotiz Gallery of the Milton Public Library.  She is committed to using recycled textiles to create these beautiful pieces, which are very unique and colorful. 

This is what Ms. Izard says about her work: “Last winter I reached out to the Milton community via the Milton Neighbors and Buy Nothing Milton Facebook groups for donations of old clothing, jeans and any sort of discarded textiles to use in my quilts.  I was overwhelmed by the large response. This show, “Milton Quilts,” was made entirely from these donations. I purchased nothing but the thread. I am interested in repurposing materials as a way to reduce consumption and still create beautiful things.  During the process of making these quilts, I was surprised to learn that the limitation of using only materials at hand lent itself to resourcefulness and creativity. It freed me to experiment in ways I never would have had courage to try with more precious, expensive materials.  It profoundly changed my creative outlook and process, and for that I am thankful.”

And she continues: “Originally from Oklahoma, I attended The School of Visual Arts in New York, and worked for many years as a paper artist.  I find quilting to be a perfect fit for me, employing the same meticulous attention to detail that I used in my paper works, as both involve cutting things up into smaller pieces and rearranging them in new configurations.  I love the craft of quilting and find it infinitely interesting and challenging. I am always happy to receive clothing and other textile donations. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or on [email protected]

Bethany has exhibited her work at many venues since the year 2000, including The Window Gallery at Heathers Bar and White Box in NYC, Art League of Long Island (Dix Hills, NY), The International Artists’ Museum (Lodz, Poland), “Moving Image: 10 Years of Video Art, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), and more.  

There will be a free and open reception for this exhibit held in the Wotiz Gallery from 6-8 PM on Thursday, April 9th from 6-8 PM.  Please come visit us, meet the artist and enjoy this lovely exhibit!  

For more information about displaying your art at the Milton Public Library, contact Jean Hlady, Head of Adult Services/Reference at (617) 698-5757, x.3 or [email protected] 

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