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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions
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Cynthia D. Friedman
A Man among Giants, 2012
39” x 53”
Silk, cotton batting and backing, silk thread on the surface and lingerie thread on the bobbin
Machine pieced, machine quilted, fused organza overlays and machine embroidered

May 3, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Quilt National 2013

May 18: Member’s Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4pm

Quilt National 2013 – the 18th biennial juried exhibition – is the quintessential and much anticipated showcase of contemporary art quilts. It presents a current representation of the art quilt medium in all of its range of styles, techniques, and multi-faceted contemporary expressions. Its purpose is “to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quilt making as what it always has been—an art form.” The quilts selected for Quilt National have never been exhibited or published before their premier showing in 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.

The jurors for this exhibition are Linda Colsh, Judith Content, and Penny McMorris. They selected 87 works from 851 entries. A selection of 48 quilts will be on exhibit including juror Judith Content’s shibori dyed Cenote Azule and the quilts of two local artists Leslie Bixel and Joan Schulze. Layered with felt and net, Dianne Firth’s Storm, casts a shadow on the wall creating a beautiful effect of multiple images. Texture, fusing, applique, dyeing and surface design, and embellishments are a few of the processes that stand out in this display.

On June 8, 2014, Inside Quilt National, a Fiber Talks program with juror Judith Content and Quilt National artists Leslie Bixel and Sylvia Gegaregian will run from 1:00–3pm. You can purchase tickets here.

This exhibit is produced and circulated by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

Ros Cross
Broken Quilt, 1976
106" x 84" x 1"
Background - commercial cotton. Broken pieces - unbleached cotton muslin hand-dyed in tea. Polyester batting and polyurethane foam for 3D pieces

May 3, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76

Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76 is a chronicle of the innovative, sculptural quilts of Southern California artist Ros Cross, and asks “how do we perceive now, what was made back then?” A native of England, Cross became fascinated with the American quilt tradition, and 70s pop and minimal art movements. Her work is a reaction and response to what was being made in California at that time. Although created for only a brief period of time these inventive quilts made with stuffed parts and hanging pieces, merged a pop art aesthetic with a quilt tradition. Her ground breaking approach to the medium points to the beginnings, the early history of the Art Quilt movement, and her work is a testament to the spirit of invention in this medium. This exhibit of five stunning pieces is a rare documentation of an important innovative artist in the art quilt field. It also includes recent work of graphite drawings that express the artist’s current explorations.

Winter Color, 2013
Susan Lane
Commercial and hand dyed cotton fabric
Fused, embroidered, machine quilted

May 7, 2014 – July 20, 2014
New SAQA exhibit: Northern California Inspirations

This exhibit reflects the visions of twenty Northern California textile artists as they interpret the physical and the ephemeral, the massive and the minuscule, through the medium of the art quilt. The diverse, visually rich region of Northern California where we live influences and inspires this art.

The works presented in this gallery are by members of the Northern California/Nevada Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them.

Northern California Inspirations is part of FiberSpace, a program designed to showcase local quilt makers and fiber artists. FiberSpace is an exhibition platform where the Museum provides gallery space and community members provide the work and resources to mount a professional exhibit. For more information on FIberSpace, please visit this link.

War in Black and White, 2010
44" x 24.5" x 1"

July 26, 2014 – November 9, 2014
International TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 (ITAB)

August 10: Member’s Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4pm

International TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 (ITAB) Returning for its third incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber medi­a with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. This year jurors Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Patricia Malarcher, and Michael James will bring their expert consideration and aesthetic to select work from a new pool of national and international entries.

As a part of their technical and artistic processes artists use techniques of digital jacquard weaving, digital printing, digital photography, manipulation of imagery using various computer programs, laser engraving, or computerized embroidery. As in previous years, some of the work is low tech while creating interesting themes and ideas about the technological world that we live in. ITAB showcases the tools of technology that allow artists to further their artistic visions as they explore the possibilities and inventions of textile art in the 21st century.

I Found My Heart in San Francisco
by Vel Garrick
78" x 76"
June 2012

July 26 – November 9, 2014
Vel Garrick: Conversational Watercolor Quilts

Vel Garrick: Conversational Watercolor Quilts is the first exhibition of the unique work from self-taught and emerging artist Vel Garrick. Instead of using typical floral prints to design the nuanced gradations of color, Garrick uses conversational prints and novelty fabrics to create charming supersized florals, landscapes or scenes. From a distance, the whole piece is observed, but up close, the details and juxtaposition of images are dizzying and magical. Betty Boop, Spaceman, dragons, princesses, and thousands of other cartoon-like pictures combine to form color fields which make a dynamic whole—the artistic vision of an original artist.

Bear Paw, c. 1900-1915
99 x 92
Photo Credit: Darwin Bearley Collection

November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection

December 7: Member’s Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4pm

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940. The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community. Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.

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