BOUNTIFUL — Winter may be struggling to hold on, but it feels like spring inside the Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
That’s thanks to the art center’s newest upstairs gallery exhibit, “Blossom.” Running now through March 31, the exhibit mixes quilts with a sprinkling of paintings and furniture to celebrate the light and colors of spring.
The bulk of the show focuses on quilts, many of which feature outdoor or garden themes. “Roseville,” which was designed by Karin Crawford and machine quilted by LaReesa Baldwin, takes a gorgeously literal approach to the idea. The quilt is covered with flower-filled vases, all so vivid and beautifully detailed that you can almost feel the fringe on the ferns.
Other quilts take a looser, more playful approach. An untitled quilt designed by Sue Davis and machine quilted by Cindy Paulson brings a looser touch to its collection of birds and butterflies, as if a child’s drawing had come to life. Chris Coffin Manning’s “Bloom” takes it a step further, bringing a touch of modern art to quilting.
Margaret Wells’ “Flora’s Flower Garden,” which was machine quilted by Jen Alexander, heads in the opposite direction and uses flowers to re-create common quilt patterns. The results are fun, visually appealing, and more unique than you might expect. Marilyn Hausknecht’s “Beasties, Birds & Butterflies” offers a riff on the flower theme, scattering them among a field of butterflies and animals that feels light and airy as a warm spring day.
Other pieces take a subtler, more delicate look at the idea of flowers. This is particularly true of Manning’s work, which fills most of the upstairs side gallery. Her “My Dad Is A Pilot” uses shades of blues and tans to create a field of propellers that could just as easily be flowers. Her “Angouleme Basket,” part of a quartet of smaller pieces, feels like a whimsical sketch done in quilt form.
The most delicate is Pam Gilbert’s “Feathered Pineapple,” which at a distance just seems like a framed white square. Look closer, however, and you’ll see the delicate stitchwork creating the titular pineapples and the complex pattern surrounding them. The piece invites detailed study – the more you look, the more you want to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
A few paintings mingle in with the quilts. Michael Malm’s “Fresh Cut” brings youth and spring together in a beautifully classical painting, while Michal Onyon brings a more modern, playful look to close-ups of flowers in “Close-up Hydrangea” and “Clyclamen Flowers.” Though the medium is different, they feel very thematically in-line with the quilts that surround them.
There are also a set of chairs that were a collaborative effort between Manning, Onyon, and Eduardo Franco. The four offer an interesting look at the differences the same furniture design can have depending on how it’s decorated. One variant, a flower-scattered design, circles back to the exhibit’s theme and feels like its own breath of spring.
The art center is located at 90 N. Main Street in Bountiful. For more information, visit bdac.org.