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Fri, April 03

Textile artist creates a postcard a day during residency
South Rim Artist-in-Residence Bobbie Sullivan to present artists talk Friday at Shrine of the Ages

Textile artist Bobbie Sullivan is currently creating quilted postcard on the South Rim as part of her 21 Days at the Grand Canyon project. Above, the source photo and below, the finished postcard entitled “Me on Bright Angel Path.” Submitted photos

Textile artist Bobbie Sullivan is currently creating quilted postcard on the South Rim as part of her 21 Days at the Grand Canyon project. Above, the source photo and below, the finished postcard entitled “Me on Bright Angel Path.” Submitted photos

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon's South Rim Artist-in-Residence program is currently hosting textile artist Bobbie Sullivan through September.

Sullivan lives in coastal Scituate, Mass, where she is a frequent guest lecturer, conducts workshops and teaches art quilting. She received her BA from Regis College in Weston, Mass, with an emphasis on drawing, painting and photography.

Sullivan calls herself a " contemporary quilt artist," capturing the world in fabric.

"My art is stimulated by emotion, and the world of nature is my catalyst," she said. "I walk 6-10 miles a day, and whether I am on familiar streets around my home, a local park, or off traveling, I always see something new. As an artist-in-residence, undistracted at the Grand Canyon, I will continue my landscape-inspired quilt a day project. These quilts will be small but impressive - the size of a postcard - which, at the end of my residency, will represent and record my experience. This project, Postcards from the Edge of the South Rim: 21 Days at the Grand Canyon, will be a journal of my Grand Canyon residency. I particularly like the idea of writing on the back of the cards and sending some though the mail. Postcards are a part of the traveling landscape and the souvenir shops are filled with them."

Sullivan has been quilting since 1976, inspired and influenced by the revival of quilt making during the bicentennial years. She has been a featured artist in American Quilter Magazine, and her work has been presented in many group and solo exhibitions nationally. Sullivan is a founding member of Coastal Quilt Artists, a coalition of 12 women who come together twice a month as a critique group for their individual work. In autumn of 2010, Sullivan was an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in Maine, and completed a very ambitious Postcard A Day project, creating small scale, landscape-inspired art quilts featuring both natural and made-made features of this northern park. This summer, Sullivan was invited for a rare back-to-back residency on both the north and south rims of Grand Canyon National Park - she was in-residence on the north rim in August and will be on the south rim through this month.

The artist will present an artist talk Friday in an evening Program at the Shrine of the Ages at 7 p.m. In this program, Sullivan will show images of her lovely, small-scale quilted postcards and her larger-scale art quilts, share her residency experiences and discuss her work process. In addition to this presentation, you can see a small exhibit of selected quilts in Park Headquarters lobby, on display through September. All artist programs are free to the public and family friendly.

For more information visit www.bobbiesullivan.com.

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