Pat Gaska & Joan North Exhibit: "Pieces to Masterpieces” Gallery Q Artists Cooperative will feature jewelry of Stevens Point silversmith, Joan North and quilting of Rothschild fabric artist Pat Gaska during the months of July and August in their two-person exhibit entitled, “Pieces to Masterpieces.”
In this show the artists display creations that grew from pieces of this or that building block. Starting with Pat’s fiber and with Joan’s silver, they worked through snippets of this and bits of that to construct a new creation. The artists encourage the viewer to absorb the finished gestalt, the whole that is more than just the sum of the pieces. But they also invite looking closely to discover some of the small pieces they maneuvered."
Some of Pat’s works reflects a deeper appreciation of the universal connection of humanity, unbroken by geographic borders. Both artists found that it was impossible to ignore the coronavirus, as it invaded their creations. Look at the titles and images for the sneaky virus to show itself. North also sought out stones that resembled Pat’s quilting patterns and named that group of jewelry “nature’s quilting.”
Joan’s early jewelry education included workshops by internationally renowned instructors. Further study helped hone her skills and refine her own style that reflects upon life’s moments. She is a full time, award- winning silversmith whose jewelry is shown at galleries, museums and exhibits coast to coast, most recently in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. North is represented by various galleries across the country. Find her online at JoanNorthDesigns, Facebook, and Instagram.
Pat has long been drawn to fiber work of all kinds. She first created quilts in the early 1970s, using traditional materials and approaches. While building on that sound foundation, her work has become more and more free of constraints. Exposure to many art quilters has been invaluable on her journey. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilt Association, SAQA, an international group that links quilt artists from around the world. It has allowed for participation in regional Illinois/Wisconsin juried exhibits. Her work is in many private collections, has been exhibited in statewide juried exhibits and has been published in many books and magazines. She is found on Facebook.