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Beautiful Quilts by Local Artist on Display at Masonicare Health Center March 2 – April 30

February 27, 2013

Wallingford, CT, February 27, 2013……………An exhibit of contemporary quilts, wall hangings and runners will be on display at Masonicare Health Center from March 2 to April 30. All of the beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces were created by lifelong Wallingford resident Shirley Fritz.  Shirley took up quilting in 1992 after attending a meeting of the Heritage Quilters – and the rest is history. 

Rather than sewing more traditional quilts, Shirley was drawn to artistic quilts that incorporate objects such as buttons, beads, or jewelry into the fabric, and her sense of style, color, and texture make her work eye-catching and unique.  Shirley says she has appreciated and relied on the wealth of knowledge, friendship, and encouragement provided to her by members of the Heritage Quilters.

When her grandchildren came along, Shirley began making original quilts for her family, and one of her first quilts was “A Gathering of Angels.” When she discovered a box of Grateful Dead t-shirts in her basement, she turned them into a very special Christmas gift for her son, John.  Shirley created a stunning collage of her daughter and son-in-law’s life together and a unique Star Wars quilt for her grandson, Owen. All three quilts are part of the exhibit.  One of Shirley’s favorite quilts on display is “All Gods Critters Got a Place in the Choir.” She spent hours searching for just the right fabric for each ‘critter,’ and the fabrics brought the alligator, tiger and other animals alive.

About 20 works will be on display until April 30, and everyone is welcome to visit the Center any day between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to view the exhibit.

Masonicare is looking for future exhibits of original art, photos, or other types of work that can be displayed on the walls at the Health Center.  For additional information, please call Carla Young at 203-679-6253.

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