Ricki Lee Moler
Originally from southern Ohio, I have lived in Pennsylvania since 1974. I attended the Cincinnati
Art Academy, University of Cincinnati, & have a degree in Business Management from Penn College of Technology. I
worked for the Lycoming County Historical Museum, was Executive Director of the Williamsport/Lycoming Arts Council & was
recently President of the Coalition of Independent Artists & Artisans, served on the City of Williamsport's Ffat
City/First Friday Art Town Committee, am a juried member of the local PA Guild of Craftsmen & was the PA representative
to the international Surface Design Association.
Throughout my life I have drawn, painted, sculpted, collaged, &/or sewn, & have found that fabric,
with its tactile & color-saturated nature, is the perfect medium for my artwork. Starting with a historical interest
in traditional quilting, I melded my interest in quilting with my passion for art, resulting in a body of work that is a continuing
experimentation with hand-painted & other unusual fabrics, & a myriad of techniques not commonly associated with quilting
or art, but still based in the common elements of good design.
Over the past twenty years I have exhibited in numerous art & art quilt exhibits, have curated, co-curated
& organized many exhibits & art events. I do lectures, restoration of antique quilts, special exhibits &
classes, & taught children's art classes for the Lycoming Art Student's League in Montoursville, PA.
In 2001 I started a business, Gazebo Textiles, the name being taken from the gazebo in my backyard where
I learned to paint, batik & discharge fabric. The focus of Gazebo Textiles is unique clothing made from the fabrics
I create. I prefer to keep the lines of the clothing simple & let the fabrics be the star of the show. I use
cottons, silks, silk blends, poly - whatever appeals to me at the time, so the range of wearable art constantly changes.
Inspiration for fabric design comes from the things in life that have interested me over the years - American Indian archaeology,
Medieval times, outer space, South American traditional music, or just intense colors. Look for Gazebo Textiles
at arts festivals, craft shows, shops & galleries.