"Therapy In Session" Quilts by Cookie Noel at Marlor House | Community Spirit
An exhibition of quilts by artist Cookie Noel will open Sunday, March 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Marlor Center Gallery, 201 North Wayne Street, Milledgeville. The exhibition entitled “Therapy In Session” will be on display through though April 12, 2013. The public is invited to the opening reception hosted by the Milledgeville Civic Woman’s Club and the Friends of Allied Arts.
Noel received her Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University in 1976, the same year she began quilting. According to Noel, “I like to have fun with my quilts and hate to do what everyone else is doing. I call my quilts made by me alone individual therapy because I am pushed to try something different and have the option of changing traditional patterns and techniques. Challenge quilts are the most creative because I have to use fabric I would never buy to make a quilt or wall hanging using a theme that is off my radar. Working alone is soothing for me, a creative enterprise, and fun. My social work background and work experience began to figure into my work as a quilter-that is, I had “issues.” I was afraid of my sewing machine; in other words I had machine phobia! I would do anything to avoid doing any block piecing that couldn’t be done by hand. I also did all my own hand quilting. Once I moved to GA in 1992, I acknowledged I had a problem and began to envy other quilters who had Bernina sewing machines. I decided I needed one too, but would not buy one until I mastered my fear. My quilt guild had a block of the month project where we were to make 2 blocks per month and I decided that I would do them by machine. That got me over my fear and I ran out and got my new machine. It helped that two of my quilting friends were Bernina users and encouraged me to get with the program. By using the machine I could make lots more quilts and I did so in an obsessive compulsive way. Instead of 1 or 2 quilts per year, I started making more and more until I have now lost count. Many of my quilts are done for charity fund raisers and I coordinate the local Project Linus Chapter. ‘
Executive Director of Allied Arts, Randy Cannon says “We have one of Cookie’s quilts in our permanent collection; we have wanted her to do a show for some time now. The Marlor House gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm or by appointment. There is no admission fee charged to visit the gallery. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 12.Call Allied Arts at 478-452-3950 or visit milledgevillealliedarts.com for more information.