Reception of the Community Threads exhibition today

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The Pend Oreille Arts Council will host a reception for the Community Threads exhibit today at the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center.

Fiber quilts by Terrie Kremer and Jan Stolz are on display. Visitors can admire the art up close, meet the artists, and tour the facilities while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.

If you haven’t been to SOAC, an extension of the University of Idaho, you’re missing out on a hidden gem. Nestled near the Schweitzer base on North Boyer Road, SOAC consists of a picturesque orchard and a top-notch facility. POAC President Carol Deaner saw the empty hallways of the facility as an opportunity for a visual arts exhibit.

SOAC Superintendent and Director of Orchard Operations Kyle Nagy enthusiastically supported the idea.

“I think the Pend Oreille Arts Council exhibiting local artwork at the Sandpoint Organic Farming Center was a win for everyone. Providing local artists with a place to exhibit their work allows them to share their passion with members of the community. Everyone who walks through our doors has commented on the beautiful quilts on display. I was blown away by the quality of the work and I am excited about new collaborations between POAC and SOAC, ”Nagy said in an email.

Jan Stolz and Terrie Kremer (2019 POAC Artist of the Year) have over 30 years of quilting experience. Both are active members of the Sandpoint quilting community.

“At the end of the day, I want viewers to see my passion in every room. I want them to come closer to see these little details, especially in my art quilts. I want them to recognize that quilts aren’t just for covering your bed: quilts are an art form, and this art form is constantly evolving, ”says Kremer in his artist biography.

Viewers will be impressed with the complexity of the design and the precision of the execution. The considerable time devoted to each piece commands respect. Quilts are ideal for the SOAC installation. Exposed cedar beams, stone masonry, and period cooking and farming tools are on display. Artistic quilts enhance the aesthetic of the existing property.

Everyone is welcome this Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SOAC, 10881 North Boyer Rd. In Pointe-de-Sable.

Information: POAC, artinsandpoint.org or 208-263-6139


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