Glorianne Garza’s Hawaii roots are reflected in this piece, called “Malama-Ki, Hawaii,” which is a collaboration with five other members of the Extreme Quilters and inspired by a photograph Garza took on the Big Island. (Wailoa Art and Cultural Center/Special to West Hawaii Today)
“Art from Cloth — Extreme Quilters of California,” an exhibition of works by 22 Southern California art quilters, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Wailoa Art and Cultural Center in Hilo. The free show runs through Sept. 29.
The show features individuals’ artwork as well as a series of collaborations assembled from six independently produced pieces.
Work by Oahu-born Glorianne Veneri Garza is included in the exhibition. Garza began learning traditional quilting in the 1980s. She enjoys the challenge of practicing small-scale piecing, which results in quilt squares smaller than one-quarter inch. In a photograph, her perfectly-formed pieces would look like a regular quilt if not for the thimble showing the very small size.
“Detail is what I love, and when you change the scale it adds interest,” she said.
Her piece, “Om Sweet Om,” has a flowing and tranquil quality. Garza’s “Rethink,” which depicts a Hawaiian beach littered with trash, is a call for the reduction of plastic in the environment.
Garza’s Hawaiian roots are also reflected in a piece called “Malama-Ki, Hawaii,” a collaboration with five other members of the Extreme Quilters and inspired by a photograph Garza took on the Big Island.
The Wailoa Art and Cultural Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, contact Codie King at 933-0416 or Rodi Ludlum of Extreme Quilters at (818) 597-9279.