Sydne Bortel – January Dance Palace Lobby Artist
January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Sydne is excited by deeply saturated colors as well as the quieter, subtle Japanese inspired work. Her inspiration for many of the quilts includes themes of nature, cultural and social issues, working with young school children in English language learners elementary school classes, travel, Japanese fabric and art, workshops, classes, other quilt artists, and the fabric itself. Cotton fabric predominates in most of her work, with cotton and other fabric in her appliqué.
Sydne began quilting in 1982, 11 years before retirement in 1993 from her long clinical social work career. Her hope at that time was to pursue more contemporary quilting techniques and move from traditional quilting to art quilting. Quilt size varies and now all are machine quilted with occasional hand embroidery. She is a qualified quilt judge. Volunteering with Marin AARP Experience Corps, she tutors first graders mostly from immigrant families who live in San Rafael’s Canal area and has worked with the students to create quilts in the classroom.
Join Sydne for an online reception on Sunday, January 24, at 5:00pm. The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register on Eventbrite.