Featured Lotus Backdrop: “Piece/Full Impression”
By Gail Hale, Susan Sammis, and Alec Slinde (2001)
With updates from “One Million Stars” (2016)
Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Backdrop can be viewed during all ticketed performances at the BCT during Festival weekend.
Lotus is re-revealing a backdrop produced by local artists Gail Hale, Susan Sammis, and Alec Slinde from the 2001 Festival. The work was inspired by the traditional pieced quilt, shared by many cultures. Named “Piece/Full Impression,” this large-scale work measures 22 by 36 feet and took more than two months to create. All fabric, both silk and cotton, is dyed or manipulated and sewn by hand. The artists dedicated the work to peace on earth.
Backdrops were the first foray into the world of large-scale Lotus visual arts projects. Lotus visual arts programming has grown to providing programming year-round with community workshops, installations, student projects, vital partnerships, and more. Lotus has added re-purposed canvas stars woven by LuAnne Holladay and prepared for installation by 2016 Visual Arts Committee members. The stars are made from community block print panels from a previous project, the Power of Pattern, in 2013. The stars are part of this year’s visual arts initiative, “One Million Stars to End Violence“, a project founded by Maryann Talia Pau, part of this year’s Festival artist roster. Stars will be part of a display at Bloomington City Hall in December, then as part of a world-wide installation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.