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Wash & Wax opens May 21 at Irving Arts Center


Wash & Wax: A Collaboration

May 21July 3, 2016

“Wash & Wax: A Collaboration” features artists Virginia Greaves and Leisa Rich. The two have created nine large contemporary quilts,  a massive 25 x 7 foot deconstructed quilt, a simulated car wash entrance and more for a unique exhibition inspired by Leisa’s drive-through car wash photos. It opens May 21 at the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas.

An intriguing idea to put the unlikely artists together came to Lauren Bernazza, who was at that time Gallery Director at the Abernathy Arts Center Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, when the artists’ prize-winning — and completely different — pieces were exhibited side-by-side during the 2014 Georgia Artists exhibition.

The main pieces featured in the exhibition – abstract “quilts” that slowly deconstruct – are based on photographs Leisa has taken during her trips through industrial car washes. These images were then translated to fabric through piecing and passed back and forth over a 15-month time period between the two artists who stitched and embellished them into the series of works that represent the “wash and wax” experience. In addition to fabrics, the artists also used recycled shower curtains, 1970s designer dresses, nail polish and more. That these two very different individuals, with such diverse ways of creating — one working in a traditional, 2D technique and the other with sculptural 3D – were brought together, was a uniquely transformative experience for the artists.

About Virginia Greaves
Self-taught quilt maker Virginia Greaves started making quilts after the birth of her first child and grew from making traditional quilts to creating intricate portraits of people and animals using textiles as her medium. Although at first glance her work is often mistaken for paintings, her materials are mostly fiber and thread.

About Leisa Rich
Leisa Rich, trained in the fiber arts, works with non-traditional approaches and conceptual materials and techniques, including 3D printing. She invents new visual realities that make a transformation from one tangible to another through touchable, viewer interactive art works and the creation of transformative, pseudo-Utopian environments that offer a collective human experience.

Gallery Admission is FREE

Gallery Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Quilting Workshop with Leisa Rich: June 25, 9 – 4 p.m.
Reception for the Artists: June 26, 2 – 4 p.m.


3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX 75062

–from the website http://www.irvingartscenter.com/event/wash-wax-a-collaboration/

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