NORWAY — The fine quilts of Western Maine Art Group member Ellie Fellers will be featured in a public art exhibit in the windows of the Norway Savings Bank Operations Center during March.
After a long career as a physical therapist and journalist, a diagnosis of breast cancer in 1999 led Fellers to discover quilt-making during her recovery. Working with fiber has been a part of her whole life and she has been creating quilts during the past eight years. In addition, Fellers is a professional photographer and journalist, freelancing for the Sun Journal.
“The world of color surrounding me inspires all my activities daily. I consider the quilts to be beloved objects that can help heal the soul and provide purpose to life,” said Fellers. “I find that the fabric and thread I weave makes a spiritual connection to a life force today and hopefully for many years to come. I have amassed enormous amounts of fabric. And, I’m now prepared to meet the wider demand for my work.”
In 2009, the Western Maine Art Group accepted one of her quilts to display in a juried show at the Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center. Then, seven quilts were exhibited in a fiber show there. Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is currently exhibiting several of Fellers’ quilts, and from December through early February, her work hung in the Vestry of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester.
In addition to being a member of the WMAG, Fellers is also a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, and is currently studying with Suzanne Biddle of Auburn.
Norway Savings Bank and the WMAG have been working together for decades in support of community arts. In 2008, the two organization forged a partnership where the WMAG builds monthly art installations in the Operations Center, which has 15 windows facing Main Street.