Arizona Valentines: Romancing the State

by Karen on February 14, 2012

Arizona Valentines: Romancing the State is currently showing at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. It is a juried show celebrating Arizona’s Centennial on February 14, Valentine’s Day. The show includes a wonderful assortment of photographs, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media pieces. My quilt, Hearts for Arizona, is the only fiber piece in the show.

The whole show is beautifully displayed in several areas on Level Two of Terminal Three of the Phoenix airport. The show will be on display through June 17, 2012. So if you’re traveling through Arizona, stop off at the Phoenix Airport and see how some wonderful Arizona artists are celebrating our statehood.

Visitors are treated to a wide assortment of art depicting our state's geography, life, and centennial.

Located in Phoenix International Airport's Terminal 3, the Arizona Valentines Show is featured in six showcase areas.

Hearts for Arizona is the quilt selected for the mixed media show Arizona Valentines.

My design for this piece came from my straightforward response to the Valentine’s theme–hearts: 100 of them, one for each year of statehood. I chose fabrics with desert colors and imagery and assembled them into a ten by ten square grid. After quilting, I added lots of hammered copper hearts, plus heart-shaped buttons and beads. Sometimes the most obvious choices make the best designs.

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