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GEAG Artist Achieves National Recognition

GEAG Artist Achieves National Recognition

Congratulations go out to Gateway East Artist Guild member Ana Sumner for her recent success.

Ana, known for her fiber art, is being showcased in the Spring 2021 Quilting Arts Magazine with a feature article.  To top that her piece titled “Dreamy Reef” is featured on the cover of the physical magazine as well as the online version.

It was through a crazy quilt class that she fell in love with fiber art, and became passionate about stitching landscapes of flowers, trees and ocean scenes that captivated her heart, and express the beauty she sees all around her.

She began to take photographs as references, to help her remember details.  She then goes into her studio to pull out fibers and with her imagination interpret what she sees.  To create a scenic background, she will stabilize the fabric, and paint a simple scene with watercolor or acrylic techniques. To add the details of the scene, she either uses appliqué, free motion draw with the sewing machine, hand stitch, or use quilting motifs.  Then she embellishes with silk ribbons, beads, specialty threads, and fabrics to create a textured look.  Finally, she highlights aspect of the art with paint to give it depth and realism.

Ana presently exhibits her art at Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Grove Missouri.  She teaches creative silk ribbon art, and is currently providing online classes.  Her home studio is in Edwardsville, IL.

Ana Sumner may also be found at and
Spring 2021 Quilting Arts Magazine may be found at:
Green Door Art Gallery:

The Gateway East Artists’ Guild (GEAG) meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the PSOP/SWIC building in Belleville when not in Covid quarantine.  Right now, the Guild is meeting virtually via Zoom but hopes to be back in person this summer.  The meetings are open to the public.  GEAG is an organization for art enthusiasts with ALL levels of skill; from nationally recognized artists, to those who are just beginning.  GEAG is a non-profit group that promotes the visual arts in the Metro-East community.  Please visit the GEAG website for more information at:

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