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The Polly Greene retrospective Bedclothes and Cloths at the Mary E. Black Gallery takes well-worn works of art from the bed to the wall.

click to enlarge Polly Greene’s “Cabin Fever, Quilt #1”
  • Polly Greene’s “Cabin Fever, Quilt #1”

In 1970, Polly Greene was the seed that grew the Nova Scotia quilting revival, acting as inspiration for younger women to take up the needle at a time when traditional quilting was almost a thing of the past. Working in bright colours and patterns, Bedclothes and Cloths spans 65 years of Greene's quilting career and the result is walls full of bright blocks and worn blankets cozy enough to curl up in. Peppered among them are statements from friends and colleagues, giving a personal touch to the retrospective that shows a different side of the art, although work like the intricate blue diamonds of "Storm at Sea" (2011), the cubist city-inspired "New York" (1980) and the fiery tower of "St. George" (1976) easily speak for themselves. Saying something like, "Yep, I feel as good as I look."

To Sept 1, Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Road, 492-2522


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