For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Wood-Patrick
Art Advisory/Boston - Gallery AA/B
(617) 698-9700


Gallery AA/B Exhibits Recent Works of Three Massachusetts Artists


Milton, Mass., September 1, 2001 - Art Advisory/Boston, a leading resource for high quality original art, announced today the upcoming exhibition, "Life's Fabric", showcasing three local artists' works; Mary Gattis, Rosemary Hoffenberg and Jean Sbarra. The exhibition will be up from September 19 through October 26 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-5, and by appointment. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.


Gattis and Hoffenberg, both contemporary quilt makers, and Sbarra, a painter, utilize fabric as a medium or subject to express humor, joy or self-discovery. Gattis and Hoffenberg experiment with the tactile qualities of fabric as a foundation on which to set their scenes, the malleability of the cloth allowing for variations on theme and design. Both quilters integrate hand-painting and screen printing into their art quilts. Sbarra's atmospheric and expressive paintings of clothing use the imagery of the dress to evoke emotion, providing a more direct response to the cultural and personal associations of fabric.


Hoffenberg has participated in numerous local and national quilt exhibitions. Currently, Hoffenberg is exhibiting in "Quilt National 2001," a traveling show that will visit St. Louis, Missouri and Sacramento, California among other cities. One of her quilts is featured on the cover page of the catalogue. Hoffenberg will also be included in the American Folk Art Museum's (NYC) traveling show "Quilted Construction: Spirit of Design" from September 2001 to January 2002. Hoffenberg won a Blue Ribbon from the regional Rising Star Quilters Guild in a juried show in late 1999.


Gattis showed her work at "In Stitches," a national juried quilt exhibition, at the N. E. Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA in 2001. In 2000, she participated in "Quilt 21," a national juried traveling quilt exhibit, also in Lowell. Gattis has participated in many other juried quilt exhibitions, including regional shows in Boston, and national shows in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and California. She also has pieces in local corporate collections, including Nokia Corporation in Burlington, MA.


Sbarra, a native of the South Shore, recently exhibited in the 2001 National Prize Show at the Cambridge Art Assoc. in Cambridge, MA, which was juried by M. L Anderson, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art , NYC. Also in 2001, Sbarra participated in the Texas National, juried by acclaimed artist Donald Sultan. Sbarra received a 2nd prize at the 1994 Cheekwood National Contemporary Painting Competition, this prize winning painting was acquired by internationally known artist and juror Kenneth Noland. Sbarra and Gattis have both generously donated their time and work to ARTcetera auctions in Boston.

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