Van Gogh got it from sunflowers and Gaugin from naked island women. Andy Warhol got his from a can of Campbell's soup. From sources no less diverse came the inspiration for the artists contributing to "Color Rage! Spectrum-Bursting Quilts," on exhibit at Chandler Center for the Arts through Friday, October 1.
"The essence of flamenco dance and the swirling of skirts" is captured in Anne Davis' Fandango, while Marla Hattabaugh's inspiration for Beyond Hither came from the directorial arrows found on roads in South Africa. And Barbara Jakucki's Stone Man #3: Patchwork Petroglyphs was influenced by southwestern rock art figures in the Coso Range in California.
Yet, if there is a common thread anywhere among these most uncommon threads, it would appear to be the ferocity and beauty of the weather. Green Lightning is Thelma Smith's stunning vision of "nighttime monsoon storms in the Sonoran Desert." Barb Wills' Dust Storm succeeds in creating a sense of "dark clouds and swirling dust," and the "lightning storms and spectacular sunsets of northern New Mexico" are the stimulus behind Anne Davis' Fire on the Mountain & Lightning in the Air. Even Barbara Jakucki's Mayan Messenger depicts a feathered serpent, a representation of the wind deity, Quetzalcoatl.
The show's meteorological tendencies may just be a case of form following function. After all, long before quilting became an art form, its original purpose was simply to keep people warm during bad weather.
The quilt show "Color Rage! Spectrum-Bursting Quilts," juried by Diane Howell, continues through Friday, October 1, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; and evenings during performances. For details call 480-782-2681.