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- Quilting Challenges -

by the Beecassos

On display in the Welborn Gallery November 4, 2021 thru January 8, 2022

The Yadkin Arts Council welcomes the “Beecassos” to present their show “Pushing Boundaries” in the Welborn Gallery from November 4 thru January 8, 2022. The show will feature an opening reception on November 5th at 5pm that is free and open to the public. 


The Beecassos are an award-winning triad-based art quilt collective that takes their name from Picasso, a master of stylist exploration to present their show. The Beecassos experiment with non-traditional ways of working with fabric, thread, and related materials. This group is focused on non-traditional quilting and styles such as art quilts, various types of fabric, digitized images and three-dimensional techniques. This particular show will include the works of Beecasso artists Pat Arndt, Vickie Clontz, Ellen Hart, Kathy Johnson, Nancy Lassister, Gail McNeill, Valerie Paterson, Joan Rutledge, Penny Sharp, Jenny Williams, and Mary Jo Wimberly.


The Beecassos have periodic group challenges, which are tons of fun and push their creativity to new levels. Challenges for this exhibit included:


Oxymoron: The artists were to select an oxymoron to create a piece of art in their preferred style and technique. No size, material, or wall/table mount (as in 2D or 3D) had to be taken into account in creating their oxymoron. 


Beetle Foot: A microscopic view of the Diving Beetle foot was provided as the basis of this challenge.  Artists were tasked with considering how they wished to portray this incredible specimen. No size or orientation, no technique nor specific fiber were provided as criteria, other than having some connection to the actual beetle foot. The connection could be as realistic as recreating the original photo or as obtuse as using only the photographs’ vibrant colors.  


Calendar (Twelve Months : Twelve Artists): Each artist chose or was provided a specific month in which they were to express the theme of the challenge: Trees. The criteria: each month was to be mounted on a 12” square canvas with the artwork wrapping around to the back of the canvas. The artists were permitted to represent their month’s tree in whatever manner they chose, provided the finished piece was somehow related to their tree. 


Flowers: A Beecasso artist cut out and mailed a random selection of printed fabric flowers in a vase to each member interested in participating. There were no criteria regarding size, technique or materials.  

The Gallery is open for in person, socially distanced viewing Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm.

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History of the Gallery

The Welborn Gallery was named after Marion and Jewell Welborn of Boonville for the generous lead gift they made to the Center’s capital campaign. The Welborns gifted the final funds needed to close the campaign and make possible the opening of the center.  

About The Gallery

Our Welborn Gallery warmly greets every visitor to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as soon as you walk in the building. Our Welborn Gallery is designed to expose residents and visitors to continual and varied 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces of art. You can always find something to inspire and challenge you with every visit. The Welborn Gallery operates on the same business hours as the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center: Monday thru Friday (9am-5pm) & during special events. We are closed on major federal holidays.

Guidelines For The Welborn Gallery

Portfolio Submission Guidelines for Exhibitions (2020/2021):

Please send 5 – 7 good quality .jpeg digital images of your work. These images should be a fair representation of the work you wish to exhibit at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, or similar to work you intend to create for the exhibit. Each image should be labeled with the size of the piece, medium, and title.

In addition to providing examples of your work, we request that you provide us with your website with specific instructions to guide us to the selections of art you wish to exhibit.

Other information we require includes a brief description of your exhibition idea. How many art objects? Is there a theme? You’ll also be required to provide information about yourself, your exhibition experience, and your training, if any.

If you are accepted to exhibit with us, you will need approximately 25 to 30 pieces of art at various sizes. All work must be wired for hanging.

For questions about submitting artwork to exhibit in our gallery please email