2019 May Exhibition:
Hand-made Quilts & Wall Hangings
A Solo Exhibition
By: Elizabeth Ohlson
May 1 - 31
"Meet the Artist" Reception:
Friday, May 10, 7pm - 8:30pm
About the Show...
Artist Elizabeth Ohlson, Ocean City, N.J., brings her collection of beautiful quilts and wall-hangings to the Ocean City Arts Center May 1 through May 31. A "Meet the Artist Reception" will be held Friday, May 10, from 7pm to 8:30pm. It is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. A member of the South Shore Stitchers quilt guild for more than 15 years, Elizabeth signed up for a workshop in 2005, taught by internationally-known quilter, Paula Nadelstern. This class opened her eyes to the dazzling world of Kaleidoscope Quilts, which since then has become her joy and primary focus as an artist.
Her quilts or quilt wall-hangings are uniquely designed, pieced and quilted by Mrs. Ohlson. The only exception is the largest piece, "Welcome to My Universe", which required a long arm quilter. She adds embellishments, especially beads, to many of her Kaleidoscope pieces to increase the visual effect. In addition, they feature vibrant colors.
Mrs. Ohlson says, "the process is exacting and time consuming, and I honestly never know what the results will be. The reveal comes when I've sewn together each tier, and finally each wedge. I am always amazed."
In addition to the Kaleidoscope Quilts, Elizabeth will exhibit a traditional star quilt wall-hanging. The larger quilt was hand-pieced, hand-embroidered, and hand-quilted as she was a passenger on the way to Penn State Football games over a two-year period. She is a winner of numerous Viewer's Choice Awards at her guild's semi-annual quilt show held each fall.
Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said, "We are so happy to host Elizabeth at the Arts Center. Her quilts are real pieces of art featuring beautiful colors and design."