TOPSHAM — “Current and Coming: Elizabeth Busch Art Quilts” is on view at Maine Fiberarts until Aug. 15, and there will be a Meet the Artist Reception on Sunday, July 22 from 2-5 p.m. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Busch we will at the event discussing her process in making the quilts on display. The display will also include handmade paper books and journals by the papermaker Richard Lee, who died in 2008. 

Busch has worked as a designer for architectural firms for 18 years, started the Percent for Art Program for the Maine Arts Commission, worked at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and has been an artist her entire life. She has also been involved in art and craft in Maine for many years, and now shows her work and teaches all over the country.

“Having been an artist all my life and an ‘art quilter’ since 1983, I’ve come to realize that my art work is all about process,” Busch said. “Whether I am airbrushing, spreading textile paint on canvas taped to my table top, hand quilting or weaving painted acetate strips through plastic netting for one of my large kinetic sculptures, I am responding to that voice within that tells me today it’s time to make art.”

Although she has been a painter, Busch said she prefers the process of quilting. She said just painting and not quilting would be like having a meal without the dessert. 

“I could do it, but sewing together a composition and hand quilting the three layers is definitely the final, very satisfying part of my process,” she said. “My passion for each of these processes leads me to the next work, and I never know when that will be, but I do know that I can trust the process.”

Richard Lee was known for making handmade paper with kozo fiber in schools, museums and his studio. 

For more information, visit mainefiberarts.org or call 721-0678.