Capital Region artist known for comforting quilts adapts to survive pandemic

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 18, 2021 05:56 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 05:43 PM

Susan Rivers has always had her feet in the environment and her hands on a sewing machine.

She's worked for FEMA by profession, but she's never been able to give up life as an artist.

Her work has hung in galleries, and the public has gotten the chance to see it at events throughout the Capital Region.

She's turned quilts into works of art by transferring photographs onto fabric.

However, these are not any quilts. They're memory quilts for people who want to remember loved ones, or comfort quilts for kids with illnesses.

The pandemic closed venues, hurting artists. Her studio and gallery shuttered too. She wouldn't give up, turning her basement into a gallery after coming across fabric of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rivers makes masks that are now a hit.

She's unable to tell the future, but knows hers will be associated with art, so she advises other artists not to give up.

See some of her work by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

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