People are often surprised that even though Denyse Schmidt has a national reputation, she is actually a local artist. That is, until they go to one of those American Fabrics Building open houses and see where all the hubbub is.
She certainly knows how to elevate a quilt into something artful. Her designs are always so serene and full of small surprises.
Last night there was a reception for her solo show at the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery. The exhibition, “Any Way You Slice It: Quilts and Other Works by Denyse Schmidt,” showcases recent quilts as well as earlier examples. Also on view are Denyse’s fabric collections, as well as the reference images, sketches, and found materials that inform her process and designs.
Denyse is local to our city. After being thrown out of the Remington Plant, along with everyone else there, she moved to the AmFab building — also a hip, re-worked factory space that is now a center of creativity — and one of the things that keeps me inspired to write this blog.
The exhibition is on view until Dec. 3.