CARSON CONVERSE: Modern Art Quilts Exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery, Shelburne Falls, MA At first look, Charlemont artist Carson Converse’ quilts seem quite simple; basic geometric forms and colors. But on closer inspection you see intricate stitching with threads of contrasting colors, and that green fabric you thought was just green, has a multitude of colors within it. Sometimes a design is covered by plain muslin, making one strain to see the pattern, or possibly wait until the light is just right to bring it out. This is intentionally layered complicated art, totally worth the time it will take you to explore it. Salmon Falls Gallery is pleased to be showing some of Carson’s most recent works. Both an artist and designer, Carson completed a master’s degree in interior design, after studying sculpture. She practiced Interior Design in New York City, a livelihood that combined two strong interests: architecture and the decorative arts. She continues to work in a range of disciplines, often blurring the line between craft, fine art and design. Fueled by curiosity and a passion for the creative process, Carson draws from diverse inspirations when developing her hand-crafted art, interiors, and products. From designing hotel interiors to creating award-winning modern art quilts, her work has a consistent focus on strength of form, materiality and attention to detail. Forward-thinking yet grounded in tradition, Carson’s work embodies a dynamic, modern sensibility. Carson has been quilting for 20 years. She began her professional quilting career with a successful line of children’s quilts, before moving towards a fine art approach to quilting. Her award winning work has been shown at venues around the world. In her own words: “My work is a way for me to sort through seemingly paradoxical aspects of my personality. I’m drawn towards minimalism, but love intricate detail and have a natural tendency towards chaos. I strive to strip away noise until I find the essence of a piece. My goal is to create pieces that are simple, yet contain enough interest to invite the viewer to slow down and look closer. My hope is that the work unfolds as a viewer interacts with it. I am drawn to the rich history and tradition of making quilts. Working in this medium is my way of acknowledging and paying tribute to the work of women that have influenced me, and whose work has historically been undervalued.” Carson’s exhibit can be viewed through October 27 at Salmon Falls Gallery, Shelburne Falls, MA, with a reception for the artist Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm. Guitar by Chris Eriquezzo. For more information, SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.