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Longtime Delmar artists present joint show

Couple's art quilts and sculptures to share the same space at Broadway Art Center

A lot of couples come together over their love of one simple thing, like music, literature or the outdoors. Stan and Mary Reich of Delmar have both spent much of their lives devoted to art and the aesthetic, but they never took their passions into the public sphere togetheruntil now.

While the two often retire to their respective home studios to create artMary upstairs to sew artistic quilts, Stan to the basement to sculpt"this May, their works will be on display together in downtown Albany for their first full-fledged joint exhibition.

The show "Art Quilts and Sculptures" will feature about 25 works from the couple, who will celebrate their 60th anniversary this summer. Despite both having artistic inclinations, it wasn't until recently they decided to bring the two elements together appreciating each other's work in their own home.

"She has one art quilt hanging on the wall right behind a sculpture and the two of them blended so beautifully," said Stan Reich. "I think that's what inspired us to do the show."

Mary Reich recently closed a quilt show at the First Unitarian Church in Albany that featured a number of her husband's sculptures interspersed. This will be the first time their work has been placed together in such numbers, though, and Mary thinks the result will be favorable even though they didn't collaborate in creating the art.

"They really look great together," Mary Reich said. "The colors of the sculptures go very often with the orangey tones I use with a lot of my works."

Mary's quilts are not what you lay out on the guest beds. Her art quilts experiment with a variety of colors, designs and styles with patterns that are rarely predictable or repeating.

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