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Familiar Bedfellows


Familiar Bedfellows: New work by Matthew Groves and Sarah Nishiura
Lillstreet Gallery
July 18 – August 17
Reception: Friday, July 18, 6-8pm

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Inspired by private, intimate interior spaces and made specifically for Lillstreet Gallery, Familiar Bedfellows is an exhibition of ceramics by Matthew Groves and quilts by Sarah Nishiura, which explores connections between two artists who have lived and worked side by side for the past 17 years. Although Groves’ work is typically figurative and narrative, and Nishiura’s is abstract and geometric, both artists draw on their love of the history of their respective crafts, employing traditional techniques to create contemporary objects which reference and celebrate the functions long associated with their chosen media. Nishiura’s quilts, made to offer warmth and beauty to a home, will hang as backdrops to Groves’ large inverted vessels, which can serve as curfews to keep smoldering coals alive through the night, or bells which can be rung to wake a person in the morning.

About the Artists:

Matthew Groves has been based in Chicago since 1997 and is currently a practicing studio artist, and an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from England, upon gaining his Masters Degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, Groves made it his vocation to be an educator, a maker of ceramics, and a professional fine art and design technician. Now an award winning artist, Groves exhibits his work regionally and nationally, his most recent solo exhibition entitled ‘Universal Statuary’ was on view at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2013.

More information about Groves’ studio practice can be found at:

Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based quiltmaker who utilizes traditional techniques to craft quilts out of recycled and vintage materials. Her quilts have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Hyde Park Art Center, and will be featured at the Yokohama Quilt Fest in Yokohama, Japan in the fall. Sarah’s work has been profiled in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Daily Candy, Chicago Magazine’s home and garden blog “Domestica” as well as numerous other publications and blogs. Sarah has an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BA in visual arts from Brown University.

More information about Nishiura’s studio practice can be found at:

About Lillstreet

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

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