The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of April, in the Cabell/Arehart Invitational Gallery, is presenting the artwork of Jill Kerttula. Observation. It is fundamental to being an artist. Find the beauty in the mundane. As Mary Oliver says: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Jill has been a graphic designer; an art educator, a painter; a printmaker; and a fiber artist. These fiber works merge photography with stitching, bridging the craftsmanship and traditions of “women’s work” with the strong concept and composition of fine art. She has shown extensively in both fiber art and all media shows and has been a judge for the International Quilt Festival, and lectured at several national events. Recently Jill added clay to her exploration of textures. In her own words: “Each piece reflects a poignant moment of time and my reaction to that moment: a dog coveting an ice cream cone; a wait at a bus stop; the solitude of a smoke break; a cell phone in the dark; or two dogs just enjoying life. Each tableau has beauty and uniqueness found in the middle of our daily life. This work is a combination of photography – “what” I see, and my handwork – “how” I see. My camera records the facts of the moment while the fabric and stitching add the focus and emotion to the scene. That I was present and aware at that particular place and moment is important to me as a record. That every inch of each piece has passed through my hands while I stitched it together is important to me as both meditation and expression.” The exhibit opening is April 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come and meet the artist! The exhibition will continue for the public April 1 – 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.