"I quickly found I didn't like the traditional quilting methods," Mary Reich said.
Stan Reich sculpts in a number of mediums, including clay and bonded bronze, which can be set without the use of a foundry. He often works with the local Riverfront Artists group, which pools resources for facility and model costs.
The work of both has been recognized many times over. Mary Reich's quilts have appeared in the magazine "Patchwork Crafts" and been on display at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, the Green County Council of the Art and many local locations.
Stan Reich has twice won first prize at the large Hudson-Mohawk Regional Exhibition, and his work is often shown at the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy and the Train Station Gallery in West Stockbridge.
The two have been Delmar residents for more than a half-century. They moved to the area in 1955 so Stan could take a job in the Bethlehem Central School District, where he taught art for many years and eventually came to chair the art department.
Mary made window displays for the upscale Town and Tweed boutique store for 25 years. It wasn't until after she left that job that she got into quilting, though.
A window display is actually how the two met in New York City, when Stan Reich was still in design school.
"I was working in Greenwich Village at the time, and we were doing displays for one of the big companies," said Mary Reich. "That's where I met Stan, and a year later we were married."
"Art Quilts and Sculptures" will show through May 31 at the Broadway Art Center, 488 Broadway in Albany. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On May 7, there will be a public opening party from 5 to 9 p.m.