By: Bets Ramsey
A new day for needlework artists dawned in the late 1940’s when the Bertha Schaffer Gallery in New York chose to show the fabric collage and embroidery of Mariska Karasz. The exhibition signaled recognition of textile arts as being worthy of inclusion in the fine arts. But then, Mariska Karasz always was ahead of the times. To celebrate the pioneer efforts of this artist, her daughter, ceramist Solveig Cox, gave a special presentation about Karasz’s life and works at the opening session of the 1989 American Quilt Study Group Seminar.