Art Exhibit at the Library
The Gibbs Library is pleased to present quilts by Toni Kayser Weiner and wall hangings by Hazel Kopishke. The exhibit, “Three Quilts and Three Wall Hangings” will run through Tuesday February 28, 2017.
Quilts: Three large quilts, created since 2000, all machine pieced, then hand quilted are based on traditional patterns, but reflect a contemporary, sometimes flippant sensibility due to juxtaposition of color and pattern.
Toni Kayser Weiner, originally from New Jersey, currently resides in Washington Maine. Largely self taught, she has been working in textiles since childhood when she learned the craft from her mother and grandmother. She attended college in New York, at NYU and Columbia, studying textile art and design at Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and workshops throughout the United States. Her avid interest in design and textile museums, and most especially the work of Anni and Josef Albers, continues to inform her work.
Her quilts have been shown in New Haven at the Creative Arts Workshop (Cultural Passages May-June 2005), and Open Studios New Haven (October 2004). She has taught at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, at her co-owned shop Yarn LLC in New Haven, and at many workshops. In addition to quilting, Toni spins and dyes her own yarn from fleece, knits whenever possible, and is a weaver.
Wall Hangings: Hazel Kopishke of Washington, Maine had contributed three wool appliqué quilted wall hangings to the exhibit, all of which she crafted. One is entitled “Snowy Days,” and is constructed from a design by Kathi Campbell. It feature wool cut out designs hand appliquéd onto background blocks featuring different wool fabrics. The second wall hanging is “Spring Revival” made from a design from Jan Mott/Crane Designs. It features a collection of spring flowers made from small wool pieces hand appliquéd onto wool background panels with embroidered features. Last but certainly not least is “Pot of Geraniums” made from a design from Barbara Smith/Bobbie G. Designs. It features a wool hand appliquéd pot of red geraniums on a quilted cotton background.
Hazel’s love of working with wool came after inheriting her mother's wool stash from her rug braiding days. After taking one braiding lesson she now carries on the tradition of creating hand braided rugs for family and friends. Combining wool and cotton in her wall hangings has become another passion. Working from patterns or making her own creations keeps Hazel occupied. After retiring from teaching career, which started out as a home economics teacher many years ago she ended as a first grade teacher. Hazel loves the handwork involved with the wool appliqué process.
Hazel enjoys donating many of her rugs and wall hangings to various Washington organizations for their fund raising opportunities. She says that she always have at least one project in progress and many more waiting to be done.