This is a time of the year to celebrate and reflect. Whatever holiday traditions bring you joy – Chanukah, Christmas, Festivus, Hogmanay, Kwanzaa, New Years, Solstice, plus your own private celebrations – may your year ahead be filled with love, health, and justice.
To help you celebrate, here is a series of close-up photos of work by the Belleville-area artist Joan Reive. Joan is a gifted quilter, painter, and human being. There is a wondrous exhibit of her quilts currently featured at the Belleville Public Library’s John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville. The exhibit is called “The Fabric of the Land: A Retrospective of Art Quilts by Joan Reive.” (link) The exhibit runs until Thursday, January 2.
My photographs – made and posted with Joan’s kind permission – do not do her quilts justice. They focus only on intimate details. To fully appreciate the magnificence of Joan’s work, please visit the Parrott Gallery yourself.
With every best wish for the season – from my home to yours. Enjoy.
Thousand Islands (Detail), 1989
Sailing Series #1 (Detail), 1994
Prairie Series #6 (Detail), 1994
Bridgewater (Detail), 1998
Still Waters (Detail), 2015
Spires (Detail), 2015
Rocks (Detail), 2015
A Hint of Autumn (Detail), 2015
Lake Vistas #2 (Detail), 2016
Laurentian Lake (Detail), 2016
The Spirit of the Land #2 (Detail), 2018
Spirit of the Land (Detail), 2018
Shades of Grey #1 (Detail), 2018
The Lonely Land (Detail), Undated
A Fall Day In Westport (Detail), 2015