Three Artists Bringing Color to Life


Take a look at three artists in the quilt world that are bringing color to live with their stitches.

Meet Maria Shell and her amazing world of shape and color.

Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quiltmaking. Her driving force is always color and how to make it vibrate on a wall using vintage and contemporary commercial solid fabrics, as well as her own hand-dyed fabrics, as her primary materials.

Maria strives to manipulate the classical components of a traditional bed quilt with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.

Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt celebrating their new homes.

You can see more of Maria’s work at and learn more about her process by visiting

Meet Mark Sherman and his dance with color and light.

Mark L. Sherman became a quilter in 2001 when he needed a Christmas tablecloth. After browsing in a big department store, Mark decided he could make his own tablecloth for less money. He went to Wal-Mart and bought a sewing machine and some fabric. The Christmas tablecloth was a great success!

While looking for more fabric, Mark went to his neighborhood quilt shop, realized the creative potential in quilting, and quickly became an accomplished quilter.

His original designs are often inspired by amazing artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany who inspired his quilt, Wisteria, which is now a part of the permanent Founder’s Collection at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Mark learned to dye his own fabric as he focused on selecting just the right colors for his art quilts. He has developed many innovative techniques that he teaches to the quilting community.

Mark draws his inspiration from nature, color, and antique stained glass. He enjoys encouraging and inspiring other quilters.

An international award-winning quilt artist as well as an accomplished pianist and organist with a great love for arts, history, and nature, Mark’s work has been featured in numerous books, publications, and special exhibits. See his quilts at

Meet Noriko Endo and see the world through her captivating lense.

“A deep feeling for trees is what inspires me. The play of light through the leaves, the changing colors through the seasons and the strength of mature trunks all intrigue me. Shapes and images in my naturescapes are created using my confetti technique, which involves layering colorful bits of fabric on batting, adding a covering of tulle and then machine quilting the entire piece.” Noriko Endo

Since 1985, Noriko Endo has devoted herself to carrying out her lifetime wish of creating quilts as the ideal medium for her exuberant use of color and her deep feeling for trees.

Teaching, selling, and exhibiting her work, she enjoys the freedom to work full time in her studio in Tokyo or at her home in Chiba, Japan. Her work has been showcased in several published compilations of contemporary art quilts.

Noriko has taught many techniques worldwide. Her work has been recognized for its oil-painted, impressionistic landscape quality and has appeared in many national and international art quilt shows including Quilt National, Quilt Visions, and Quilt Nihon.

In 2007, Noriko was awarded Best of Show at Quilt National, and she has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting international art quilt teachers working today.

Her technique, Confetti Naturescapes, allows her to capture the play of light and color she sees during walks in the woods by using tiny pieces of fabric caught under a layer of transparent tulle to create an effect akin to Pointillism. See her work at

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Monique Foley

When is Maria Shell exhibit in Ormond Beach?

Hi Monique, From what I can find, the exhibit ended January 25, 2017. I will update the post. When Maria provided her bio, the event had not yet happened. I apologize for the error. Thanks, Betsey