Former CI co-workers pair ancient with modern media in show titled "Rendered Into Pieces"

Camarillo, CA - When she needed advice, Jerilee Petralba would always stop by Kathy Musashi's office at CSU Channel Islands (CI).

"When I was a student, I would bounce ideas off her," Petralba, 35, said.

Later, Petralba came to work at CI in the same building and her friendship with Musashi flourished. They were 30 years apart in age, but shared a love of art.

Musashi was a quilter and Petralba was studying for a degree in graphic design at CI.

Almost 11 years after they met, both women have distinguished themselves as artists and have, for the first time, collaborated on an exhibit called "Rendered Into Pieces."

The show, which opened Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 18, has an opening reception Thurs., Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CI Palm Gallery at 92 Palm Drive in Camarillo.

The exhibit combines Musashi's work—a modern take on the traditional art of quilting— with Petralba's work in cutting edge digital design.

"It is like an exploration between quilting and digital," Petralba said. "We've never created anything together before."

Both women discovered their art as a second career. Petralba earned her degree in liberal arts at CI before returning to get another baccalaureate degree in graphic design, then began to create artwork with her graphic design skills.

Musashi discovered quilting as a young adult after taking a hiatus from sewing while raising her family.

"I sewed a lot as a kid," Musashi said. "Once I had to put a zipper in my kid's pants, that was the end of that," she said.

Musashi didn't realize how professional her pieces were until her coworkers arranged a one-woman quilt show for Musashi when she retired from CI in 2014.

"I got a lot of nice compliments," she said.

What: "Rendered Into Pieces" exhibit reception
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Date: Thurs., Feb. 12
Where: CI Palm Gallery
Address: 92 Palm Drive, Camarillo
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