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Quilt and Watercolor Display

Amherst – On Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3: 30 – 5:00 pm, Applewood, One Spencer Drive, Amherst will hold an opening reception for a quilt and watercolor display, “A Celebration of Light and Color” by Valerie A. Ivy and her daughter Valerie I. Steinberg. Reception is free and open to the public.

In this show, we’ve had the rare opportunity for both of us to show our work together. We hope you enjoy our quilts and watercolor paintings...

Valerie Steinberg and Valerie Ivy

Valerie Ivy Quilt

Valerie A.Ivy

I was always interested in all kinds of crafts- knitting, sewing and smocking dresses when my daughters were young. When my husband, Peter and I retired to Pelham we joined the Grace Church. One of the members, Ruth Allen asked me to join the quilting group that met once a week. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the women and I learned a lot from them. I recently took a workshop with Betzi Sylvan to learn raw edge applique and to explore nature through quilting.

Most of the quilts I’ve designed are from memory or an interpretation of a place I have been including stained glass windows in cathedrals that I saw while traveling abroad.

Valerie Steinberg Painting

Valerie I. Steinberg

My beginnings in art were with photography, as a hobby and in my early work in microscopy. I began painting and drawing in late 2005 after raising our children and retiring from full-time employment at the University of Massachusetts as a microbiologist and environmental health professional. After my retirement, Peter Ivy, my father and fellow artist suggested I take up watercolor painting. I’ve been painting with Louise Currin since then.I’ve exhibited my work locally in several solo shows and in group shows with the Valley Watercolor Artists.

I am attracted to watercolor because of the vibrant colors and the fluidity of the medium. In my paintings, I enjoy exploring light, shape, and color in landscapes, still-life, people and animals. I prefer to paint from life and memory as I seek to express the beauty of the natural world around me in western Massachusetts and in areas of the world where we’ve traveled.

The exhibit will run through July 9, 2017. Visitors are welcome Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday or by appointment on the weekend.

Loomis Communities is the longest serving, most experienced provider of senior living in the Pioneer Valley, providing affordable continuing care, specialized care and health-wellness resources on four campuses, Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing Springfield and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

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The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

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