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Winter Ross uses art to promote environmental issues

Art for OVEC Opening

July 26, 2002
Photos by Vivian Stockman

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Charleston artist Winter Ross created a series of River Goddess quilts in memory of the late OVEC organizer Laura Forman. She's donating a portion of the funds received from the sale of River Goddess quilts to OVEC. Below are pictures from her opening, during which she sold two pieces. The show is at Taylor Books Art Annex, 226 Capitol St., Charleston through August, 2002. Thanks Winter!

Winter and a River Goddess quilt.
Below are several pictures of the artist and patrons of the arts.

Artist's statement (see below for transcript)

Susan with her new art purchase.

Artist's Statement:

The "River Goddess" Series of art quilts by Winter Ross reflects a concern with eco-feminism and relationship to the earth. The artworks employ the techniques of shibori, a wrinkled and folded form of Japanese tye-dye, piecing, appliqu with mylar and metallic threads, hand and machine quilting and embroidery. Much of the fabric used is hand dyed by the artist. Her style reflects both her background in illustration and the strong shapes and colors of graphic design. All the pieces depict the female figure as landscape and are inspired by the rivers and hills of West Virginia.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Laura Forman, a mother and activist with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition who died suddenly after giving an impassioned speech against valley fills and mountaintop removal.

Ross's art quilts have been published in "The Contemporary Quilt: New American Fabric Art" by Patricia Chase and most recently in Art/Quilt Magazine. Her work, including shibori dyed scarves, has been sold through Tamarack, Riverside Artist's Gallery in Marietta, and the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. She is a member of the professional international organization, the Studio Art Quilters Association.

Winter grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia and graduated with a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1973. She began making art quilts and wall hangings in her senior year in response to the feminist art movement.. She also studied painting at Hartford Art School, Connecticut for two years and weaving at Fontbonne College, St. Louis. For five years she worked in stained glass, studying design with Ludwig Schaffrath at Pilchuck Glass Center and Narcissus Quagliata in San Francisco. She has been an artist-in-residence in Oregon, Nebraska, and West Virginia. For twenty years she worked as a graphic designer, including a stint with Denver Public Television, KRMA as a broadcast designer, and as co-owner of a small print shop, Clear Creek Graphics in Colorado.

Winter currently lives in Charleston, WV with her son Orion Ross and daughter, Caitlin Lee.


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