For those who arent schooled in the indigenous people of Panama and Columbia, molas are colorful, ornate fabric panels that comprise part of the traditional costumes worn by the Kuna women. These bright, mesmerizing, geometric panels are created using an incredibly labor-intensive appliqué and reverse appliqué technique. Dallas-based painter and printmaker Camilla Cowan collects molas, and her prints and paintings reflect her interest in both the traditional wearable and the frameable textile art of the Kuna, as she explores the contrasts of bright colors and repeating patterns. Molas aside, her work brings to mind other repeating patterns ranging from ice crystals to coral reefs to the fractal art Trapper Keeper I was once so fond of. Through May 28, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary presents Camilla Cowan: Mola, at Mercantile Coffee House, 1800 Main Street. Call 214-953-1212 or check the-mac.org for more.
May 16-28, 11 a.m., 2011