A Bare Thread: Art Quilts by Amy Vigilante Opening Reception and Concert


The Thomas Center Galleries invite the community to the opening reception for the A BARE THREAD Art Quilts by Amy Vigilante exhibition Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. The reception will be followed by a concert at 7 p.m. featuring popular local singer-songwriter Ricky Kendall and his friends. Both events are free and open to the public. The A BARE THREAD Art Quilts by Amy Vigilante exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery Jan. 10-Mar. 22, 2014.

Amy Vigilante has long been a fixture in Gainesville’s creative community, having served the last 12 years as Director of the University of Florida’s University Galleries and Public Art programs. Prior to her current position, she directed the Thomas Center Galleries exhibitions and administered the City of Gainesville and Alachua County’s public art program for eight years. An accomplished artist in her own right, Vigilante’s dynamic textile works can be characterized by many of the elements of painting - color, pattern, shape and line. They are constructed as traditional quilts, with ornate tops, batting and backing. Both sides are complex and pictorial. The fabrics and garments are machine pieced and hand quilted. Lines of embroidery thread are heavy and rough. Marimekko, Speedo and other sources contribute to the aesthetics. The quilts are very physical, ranging widely in texture and weight.

Selected items from the A BARE THREAD Art Quilts by Amy Vigilante exhibition can be viewed online at

As part of the exhibition opening event, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents a concert by Ricky Kendall & Friends. With and impressive vocal range, Kendall's music and personality are contagious. He's a non-stop performer who has become a local favorite with an ever-growing fan base including patients he dedicates his time to in the arts and medicine program at Shands Hospital. His music and lyrics are reminiscent of the ‘60's coffee house artists who became music icons. Ricky Kendall & Friends’ performance begins at 7 p.m.

Also in the Historic Thomas Center’s Mezzanine Gallery is the Alachua County Public Schools’ Visual Arts Program SHOWCASING STUDENT ART K-12 exhibition, which will be on display Jan. 11-Feb. 8 and features dozens of works of art in a variety of media that were created in the fall of 2013 by Alachua County art students, from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The galleries are closed for observed holidays. For additional gallery information, please contact Russell Etling, interim cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit