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    In life, there are rites of passage that happen many times without notice or fanfare. It is a process that can be alarming or welcomed but always results in a change of identity. Artist Vadis Turner has beautifully captured this state of transformation from old self to new self in her new exhibition “Bowhead Down” showing at the Green Building Gallery, 732 East Market St. An opening reception will be held on the First Friday Trolley Hop, Nov. 4th, 5-9 p.m.

    Vadis Turner’s work is beautiful, messy, confusing, colorful, humorous, thoughtful, and inspiring, which illustrates many of the feelings we associate with change.  Her experimentation with materials that are typically associated with women’ roles like ribbon, panty hose, tampons, and quilts will clue the viewer into the transformations that are exclusive to women occurring within their lifetime.  Turner states this work stems from her interest “in the aesthetic bridges between diverse rites of passage. Elaborate ceremonies honor, idealize and purify the subject as they graduate from one life chapter to the next. The subject simultaneously embodies a climax and demise. A new identity is conceived. An old identity dies.” Bowhead Down will be Turner’s third solo exhibition in Louisville and will be on view Nov. 4th- Dec. 16th.

    Also, join artist Vadis Turner and curator, dealer, and collector of quilts Shelly Zegart at the Green Building on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 9:30 a.m. for Coffee and Conversation: A Discussion on Art and Quilts. Shelly Zegart is the Executive Producer of a new documentary Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics which features many local and prominent quilt makers. This documentary takes a fresh look at the quilt industry by tackling tough topics on the role quilts have played in our culture throughout the years. The discussion will also cover the debate of quilts as art. The event is free and a light breakfast will be provided, but space is limited. To reserve your spot please contact 502.561.1162 or

    To find out more about the documentary, go to

    Photo: A Rather Violent Merger of a Wedding Dress and a Swamp by Vadis Turner

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    About Julie Gross

    I’m originally from Ohio, but have been a Louisvillian for half my life. I divide my time between hubby, 3 kids, too many pets, and the 930 Art Center. When I'm not, you'll find me running the trails in Cherokee or Jefferson Memorial Forest.

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