Lear exhibit to be on display in Baton Rouge

An exhibit by Phyllis Lear, professor of art history at Northwestern State University will be on display at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art from June 4 – June 27. The title of the exhibition is “Woman’s Work: Quilted Yo-Yos.”

“My work encompasses who and what I come into contact with on a daily basis,” said Lear. “For me, art is everywhere. Any life experience can become a work of art. Most recently, I have begun to explore the fabric Yo-Yo (Suffolk Puff) as an art form. Traditionally used as a quilting technique, I have appropriated the Yo-Yo as a module for building fine art pieces.

Lear said she has been sewing since age eight — doing something her sisters, mother, grandmother and godmother did.

“I clearly remember my grandmother Lear hand-quilting in the middle of her tiny living room – the quilt taking up nearly all of the available space,” said Lear. “I continue to honor her and that tradition.”

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held June 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lear will give a gallery talk Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. For more information visit www.batonrougegallery.org