Area artists create attention-grabbing art quilt mural

mvoorhis@sierrastar.comJune 24, 2014 

Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row has a new artistic look. In the desire to add their own creative touch to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, 19 area artists created individual 4 X 4-foot mural panels to catch the eye of travelers heading into town from Yosemite.

Timberline Gallery, a non-profit co-op, spearheaded the project.Each artist paid the cost of producing the artwork, ranging from $100 to $300 per panel. Twelve artists used house or mural paint as their medium, and the remaining seven had photographs printed on metal. Subjects ranged from florals, nature scenes or animals to colorful whimsy.

"We've spent in excess of $1,000 on preparation of the wall," Timberline Gallery president Janet Morita said. "All purchases of plywood, paint and other materials were purchased from local businesses, and our landlord is supplying special ligh`ting for night-time viewing."

Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone, a fiber artist and quilter, came up with the idea of the art quilt mural. Jumping from barn quilting to art quilting blocks seemed a logical step.

"We expect this unique display will attract attention to the art scene in Oakhurst, bringing visitors who will stay and patronize not only our galleries, but local hotels, restaurants and shops," Morita continued.

Participating artists were: Vivian Aumond Capon, De Sheldon, Janet Morita, Ray McGee, Zyg Zee, Carolyn Hartling, Sandy Kowallis, Brian Kincade, De Karlen, Vicki Thomas, Suzanne Banks, Jack Lantz, Mark Heliger, Sandee Scott, Jon Bock, Patricia Allen, Moira Donohoe, Susan Bolen, and Norma Rogers.

"We hope that you appreciate our welcome to Oakhurst driving in from the north on Highway 41," added Aumond-Capone. Please drop in and let us know how you are enjoying the art quilt block mural on our building."

This has been a large project with great personal expense. To contribute donations to help defray costs: Timberline Gallery, 40982 Highway 41, Suite 6, Oakhurst 93644.

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