January Main Gallery Exhibit

COMFORTS OF COLOR

Quilts by Karen Arzamendi

Karen Arzamendi

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Karen Arzamendi is a fiber artist who comes from a long line of needlewomen. She started sewing in childhood and started making traditional quilts in the mid 1980’s. In the mid 1990’s, her husband’s job transfer took their family to Mexico, where her appreciation of color was awakened.

As her quilting journey evolved, she became interested in art quilts. She read everything she could about her favorite art quilters and painters, and took numerous workshops. Still unsatisfied with her work, she entered and completed an MFA program in Studio Fibers at the University of North Texas.

She discovered the Abstract Expressionists and Color Field Painters and fell in love with their use of color, shape and line. The improvisational piecing of Gee’s Bend quilts is also influence on her work.

Karen has taught Intro to Fibers and 2-D Design at the University of North Texas, and Surface Design at the Dallas Art Institute, as well as numerous surface design and quilt workshops in the US.

She lives in Columbus, MS and is a recent recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Mini Grant. She is currently focused on creating work for shows and galleries.

This artist is supported by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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