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The Textiles of Marie Shirley Jones

Just For The Joy Of It


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Artist Marie Shirley Jones of Red Lodge, Montana writes that Degas once told a young painter, “It’s all very well to copy what you see, but it is better to draw what you see in your mind. Then your memory and imagination are freed.” When her art gravitates toward realism she changes directions abruptly in order to stay free of the confines that come with it. “Working with a process that is unpredictable helps with this, as I never know which direction the results will take me. Fabric lends itself to surprise as well. I don’t feel a need to express any deep, dark emotions. I create art for the joy of being consumed in the creative process,” she said.


Saturday, February 9, the artist will be at the MonDak Heritage Center for two half-day workshops which quilters and other textile artists will enjoy. Cost for the hands-on workshop will be $20 for a half-day session. Participation is limited, so call soon to reserve your place. Call us at 406-433-3500 or email Jenny at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Come see this unique work that incorporates sewing, quilting, painting, and many other creative processes and a very wide array of materials. This exhibit, made possible by the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association, is now open and will run through February 9.


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