Saturday 21 December 2019

Blog Post - December 21, 2019 - "Celebrating Joan Reive"

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

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