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     Fort Madison Area Arts Association welcomes Ann Miller Titus as the August Feature Exhibition.  A reception will occur for Ann on August 7th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Group Benefit Partners is the sponsor for the exhibition, which hangs in the gallery thru August 28th.  Ann Miller Titus will present at Lunch-ala-Art on that afternoon.  

     Ann fabricates her fiber projects in series fashion.  She has brought works from three differing series.  Her map and chart series features on an obsession with the graphic quality of these documents to include radial charts.  The work was inspired from reading Edward Tuttfe, a statistician and artist who works with utilization of data.  Ann was sparked into this flame of creativity on how we take in data over the ages, transforming it to meaning, and the visual beauty contained therein.  Her visions take the viewer to imaginary places.  Another four works come from a series that concentrates on her coping with cancer recovery in 2012.  Her latest series features vertical works with the theme of Stand, whereby Ann explores more of a vertical fiber format.

     Ann Miller Titus has been stitching since she was a little girl, when her grandmother gave her a printed cross stitch sampler to embroider. In the mid 1980’s, she began making wall quilts. While each consisted of three layers hand stitched together, they differed significantly from traditional quilt designs. Nearly twenty years later, Titus began to experiment with a wide variety of surface design techniques to alter textiles, still honoring her quilt making roots by continuing to stitch layers of fabric together.

     Ann uses a variety of surface design and fiber techniques, including fabric discharge, disperse dyes, image transfer, and felt making. Most recently, she has returned to the making of art quilts creating highly textured surfaces with extensive machine quilting. Fabric has proven to be a familiar and comfortable medium. So many people have stories and fond memories about women who lovingly made quilts. Ann uses this familiarity to invite the viewer into her abstract world: a place where color, shape, line and texture suggest the ongoing tension between the cyclic and the linear, between chaos and organization. She balances this tension with a bit of humor, whimsy, and nostalgia.

    Ann is a member of the Great River Artisans and the Hannibal Alliance Art Gallery. Her work has been exhibited throughout the region and won numerous awards, including the 2008 City of Quincy Purchase Award at the Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy, Illinois and the 2012 City of Quincy Arts Award.  In fact she has won an award in Quincy or Hannibal for several years running, garnering an Award of Excellence in 2014 and the Pat Surface Founder’s Award in 2015 at the Midsummer Arts Faire.  In 2013 her work was chosen to be presented in Herford, Germany by the Quincy Sister City Council. Viewing for this exhibition is not to be missed and is available at FMAAA gallery on 825 Avenue G Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00.