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‘Painting on Fabric’ to be featured June 19

Jo Anne Powell will be speaking Wednesday.

Northern Chautauqua Quilting Companions will offer an instructive program, “Painting on Fabric,” by Jo Anne Powell, to their members and the wider community.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Harvest Chapel, 39 Matteson St. in Fredonia.

Those interested in quilting and/or painting may expect to learn new techniques to enhance their work. Powell will discuss proper care (so brushes can last a lifetime), the appropriate way to hold and manipulate the flat brush for painterly effects, and the use of wet brush versus dry brush – striving for fresh, watercolor-like work, rather than photographic-like reproductions. Painted fabric can be used to create a wholecloth quilt, cut into pieces for patchwork, rotary cut for strips, or fussy cut for applique.

She is a New York state certified art teacher who has successfully taught painting in public schools, adult education, and Long Island universities, as well as sharing her trunk show and techniques to guilds as far as Hawaii.

Her calligraphic quilts have been displayed at international calligraphy conference faculty exhibits. Since retiring, Powell has created hundreds more quilts which ‘speak’ to the viewer, earning Best in Show in Westfield, numerous First Place & Viewers’ Choice, as well as the 2020 National Association of Certified Quilt Judges Merit Award. Her work can be seen in journals, magazines and books.

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