Visual Arts

Local fiber artist Sharri Phillips with her Carousel Quilt. Phillips' exhibit runs at the Emporium through the end of the year. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

 

Quilt opening for faeries and other good folks

It feels like the space was made for Sharri Phillip’s magical quilts. In her third show at the Emporium, Phillips once again transforms the cafe’s lounge area with her warm, colorful — and definitively enchanting — fiber arts.

“Sharri has the gift of being able to see a different world and the skill of being able to translate that for all to see,” said Whitney Till at the opening on Saturday. In addition to large colorful abstract pieces, Phillips has quilts with carousels and a tower of ice cream cones and a six-foot tall faerie house.

The exhibit runs until Dec. 31.

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When not working the Emporium counter, Phillips is creating her magical masterpieces while listening to fantasy and science fiction stories on tape from her apartment in Yellow Springs. A Philadelphia native, Phillips got her start coloring the walls of her house with crayon and has never stopped. The former Antioch College art major considers herself a self-taught outsider in the art world.

“I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I never gave up,” Phillips said.

Patrons find Phillip’s art “healing to their heart at a deep level,” Phillips said. So does Phillips.

“It’s healing for me as well,” Phillips said. “I forget all the little worries and preoccupations and I’m in a different place that’s pure. I’m most myself.”

“Faerie Real Estate,” a multi-storied dwelling for the good folk, steals the show. When asked if there are any faeries dwelling within, Phillips replied —

“Oh yes. Many.”

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