"Rivers and Logs, Once and Future"
Meghan Hildebrand, "Rivers and Logs, Once and Future," mixed media on wood, 2010, 30" X 45".
April 2 to 15, Madrona Gallery, Victoria
BY: Janet Nicol
Meghan Hildebrand always admired the group of quilt-makers at the Powell River Fine Arts studio in her home town — enough so it inspired her to paint with a quilt-like technique. She mixes acrylic paint and collage to create canvases made up of large squares with dream-like images. Among 12 new works is Holly Finnerty and a Fateful Turn, designed with multiple symbols — an image of a ship, traditional quilt stars, a coat of arms and a fox. “I try to create images that are mysterious and eye-catching,” she says. Hildebrand likes the story-telling aspects that quilters work into their craft. “Quilts have a role in women’s lives and in history too,” she says. “They remind us of women’s work, their activism and role in history.” With themes of nature and small-town life, Hildebrand’s new paintings will be exhibited with work by metal sculptor Colin Macrae at Victoria’s Madrona Gallery.