Carol Thompson took up quilting when she retired 20 years ago. After loading up her family and friends with her creations, she sought new avenues for the craft.
“I wanted to try art quilts based on the works of famous impressionists,” she said. “I tried to replicate brush strokes with small pieces instead of cutting fabric into the exact shapes of objects. So I experimented again and again and finally made a quilt copying a Van Gogh painting of olive trees.”
Her collection, “Ode to Impressionism,” is on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak Ave., Fairhope) in June. She’s joined by Nall’s “Alice in Wonderland” exhibit and another by the Art Study Club of Pensacola.
An opening reception will be held during the First Friday Artwalk, June 7, 6-8 p.m. Music will be provided by East Bay Quintet. Entrance is free and donations welcomed.
For more information, call 251-928-2228 or go to esartcenter.org.
Archaeology and art in teaching workshop
The University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive S.) will hold a rock-art workshop for educators on Tuesday, June 11. Attendees will examine images left on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River by ancestors of the Chickasaw people.
Teachers will discover how archaeologists derive information on past cultures from these creations. Cultural background on the Chickasaw tribe will be provided by LaDonna Brown, a tribal citizen. They will also learn how to guide students in a short research project employing primary sources like archaeological data and oral history in demonstrating knowledge.
The workshop will enable participants to teach cross-curricular, inquiry-based methods for social studies and art. All teachers enrolled will receive a copy of the Investigating Rock Art curriculum guide.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at pdweb.alsde.edu.
Mardi Gras artist highlighted
Edmond deCelle worked in oils, watercolors, pastels and etchings capturing the spirit of Mobile Mardi Gras. For more than a half century, he was the principal designer for the Order of Myths, Mobile’s oldest parading society in addition to designing for over a dozen of other mystic societies.
His work is featured in “The Tout Ensemble: Edmond deCelle and the Studio deCelle” exhibit at the Mobile Carnival Museum (355 Government St.). This is your last chance to catch it since the museum’s website lists the exhibit’s end as June 8.
Float designs are just a portion of the exhibit. His paintings and textile work, including gowns, vestments and trains, show how Edmond deCelle and his wife, Kathryn Taylor, influenced Mardi Gras for generations.
The museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from this publication date through the exhibit’s close.
For more information, call 251-432-3324 or go to mobilecarnivalmuseum.org.
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