Friday, September 14, 2012 —
Judy Wilkins will exhibit her quilted pieces of art and framed paintings at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center throughout September.
Her colorful artwork can also be seen in the window of Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle and is sponsored by the Stanly Arts Guild.
Her art tends to be more traditional, focused on “capturing memories” for others. Though the years she has collaborated with others to preserve on canvas their memories of a favorite pet, car, business, home or loved one.
Her most rewarding moments are when the finished product is unveiled and she sees tears in the eyes or a huge grin appear, thus affirming that the essence of that person’s memory has been captured.
Working through different venues, she has successfully completed full room murals, church banners, display windows and standard portraits and landscapes.
While her paintings are traditional, her fabric art takes many directions. Several recent wall hangings have had an African theme; one titled “When a Lion Dreams” is in a private collection in Fillmore, Calif.
When working in fiber her imagination sometimes goes wild. Even when working in yarn she has a tendency to add a touch of humor, or glamour, depending on the mood of the piece being created.
Wilkins has taught, and continues to teach, quilting and fabric arts through community and private organizations throughout the state. She completes paintings, murals, and portraits of people and animals. Her work has been placed in private collections from the east to west coast.
Currently, Wilkins’ work may be found in The Artist Gallery of Southern Pines and the W.H. Moring Arts Center in Asheboro.
The Stanly Arts Guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.