“Park Bench Stories,” an exhibit of a stunning art quilts by Leni Wiener, will be on view in the Lumen Winter Gallery of the New Rochelle Public Library from November 8th through November 29th. The figurative fabric collage quilts are works that represent people who have come to sit on a park bench at some point during a day, a week, or longer. The people have been removed from their environment, even the bench itself is left to the imagination of the viewer. Viewers will imagine their own stories about each figure. Who are they? Where are they? What are they doing? The answer may not be the same for everyone who sees the exhibition, so each viewer will bring a little bit of their own life experience to the stories the artworks tell. The exhibit is open to the public during the library’s hours of operation. A reception will be held on Sunday, November 25th from 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm.
Leni Levenson Wiener is an art quilter and instructor living in New Rochelle, NY. She has authored four books: Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook (C&T Publishing, 2014), 3-fabric Quilts (Krause Publications, 2011), Thread Painting (Krause, 2007) and Photo-inspired Art Quilts (Krause/KP, 2009) and teaches workshops and classes that range from beginner quilting through art quilt techniques. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a combined M.A. in Museology and Restoration/Conservation of Works of Art.
Ms. Wiener’s work can be described in simplest terms as fabric collages that begin with photographs. Each is captured as a moment in time; some poignant, some simply a brief glimpse into an unremarkable moment in the life of a stranger.