Final Days: Phillips Interpreted

by Shelby Smith

There is only a week and a half left to see Phillips Interpreted at the Douglas Family Art Centre before it closes on Saturday, September 11th.

This exhibition features several works by Walter J. Phillips from the Douglas Family Art Centre collection, as well as pieces on loan from the Pavilion Art Galleries in Winnipeg.  Each Phillips artwork is paired with one or more quilted interpretations created by local textile artists and members of QA5: Nancy Bergman, Judy Christie, Jan Lindstrom, Maryanne Nilson and Pat Schwartz.

QA5 is a small local group who have been learning and collaborating through quilting arts for the past five years. More recently this group has been exploring a variety of techniques and themes in their work, including interpreting artworks through the creation of pictorial quilts.



Phillips Interpreted was born of a common love for Lake of the Woods and an appreciation for the artwork of Canadian artist, Walter J. Phillips.  Each artist selected artworks by Phillips that sparked their creativity and set out interpreting the pieces into art quilts.  To do this, the artists used a variety of techniques and matierials including raw edge appliqué, threads and embellishments, hand dyed fabrics, painting with dyes, and embroidery techniques.

Their work beautifully echoes the nuanced and gentle Lake of the Woods of Walter J. Phillips by incorporating their own unique perspectives in their own unique medium.

The exhibition is on display at the Douglas Family Art Centre until Saturday, September 11th, 2021.  Click here to view hours and admission fees and plan your visit to The Muse!

Upcoming next in the Susan and Jim Hill Gallery for the fall is Ruth Cuthand: Beads of Truthwhich opens September 17th, 2021.

You may also be interested in:
Phillips Interpreted – exhibition page.
Somewhere in the Sky – an upcoming solo-exhibition by Nancy Bergman.
Douglas Family Story & Collection – information on our W.J. Phillips collection.

Did you know?

Some names that were originally considered instead of Kenora were— Sultana, Island City, Norman, Pequonga, Lakeside, Imperial, Portage Falls, and Goldwater.