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Artist's Quilts on Display at Douglass Library: April 1-May 10

quilt: A Tree in Summer
A Tree in Summer
Hand-dyed cottons, machine-pieced
and quilted, cotton batting by Virginia Adams, 2000]

The work of Virginia Abrams will be on display at the Douglass Library as part of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series in an exhibition entitled, "Quilts as Abstract Art." The exhibit will run April 1 through May 10.

Abrams, a Delaware resident, is a self-taught quilter who has a doctorate in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She began quilting in 1997 and since then has shown her work in a number of exhibitions, including one at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

"Fabric often is used as a metaphor for life, just as in life the intertwining of many elements create a strong flexible whole that is completely different and unexpected," said Abrams. "It was a life changing discovery that I could combine my longtime pursuits of both chemistry and sewing to dye fabrics and to cut and to piece those hand-dyed fabrics into art quilts."

Established in 1971, the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series makes the works of emerging and established contemporary women artists available to the Douglass community, the university and the public.

The library is on Chapel Drive, off George Street, in New Brunswick. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. All exhibits and programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this exhibit or on the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, please call 732/932 - 9407, extension 44.

Posted April 2, 2002