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Textile artist to speak at Tahoe Art League

Julie Nelson
Tahoe Art League
"Nevada Beach Pine" by textile artist Paula Chung is a large silk piece commissioned for the Lake Tahoe Community College library.

The Tahoe Art League welcomes Paula Chung to the group’s monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Chung hails from Southern California but is now a Tahoe resident. “Painting with fiber” is a description she uses when describing her art.

Chung began quilting in the early 1970s by hand-tracing templates, hand-sewing all the pieces into blocks and quilting the whole piece by hand. She enjoyed the pattern and color manipulation, but knowing the outcome of the piece before it was completed lost its appeal.

In the 1990s, she became aware of the art quilt movement and found a new direction for her craft. A true textile artist has evolved and she is working toward a professional career in this field. Her efforts include working on an art degree at Lake Tahoe Community College and expanding her knowledge through participation in professional associations, classes and numerous juried shows. Most shows are throughout the United States, but Chung has also been accepted in exhibits in Japan, where textile art is held in high esteem. In 2008, Chung won silver and bronze awards in the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo.

Beautiful flowers from her garden have provided inspiration and subject matter for much of Chung’s art. Her garden quilt series began with intriguing photos she took of tulips from her garden in the spring of 2005. Her quilts became more stylized and abstract, with color and shapes telling the story. Working with her own hand-dyed silks, Chung uses a special raw-edge applique technique without fusible materials, then densely free-form quilts to give additional texture. Pieces are backed to be hung individually or to be framed.

This past spring, Chung was accepted to participate in ArtQuilt Elements 2010 from April 17 to May 19 at The Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Penn. Her entry, Japanese Anemone, was selected for the cover photo for the exhibit catalogue.

Chung was recently asked to make a large silk piece for the LTCC’s new library. The subject was to be something reflecting Tahoe’s beautiful scenery. She chose a pine bough image, inspired by the Jeffery Pine trees at Nevada Beach.

Check out Chung’s website at http://www.paulachung.com.

All artists, quilters and “art lovers” should find Chung’s TAL presentation rewarding. And all are welcome. For more information on Tahoe Art League, visit http://www.talart.org. Information is available on the Art Center, The Showcase Gallery and ongoing classes.

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