Special Exhibits

5/1/2014 - 5/4/2014
Denver, Colorado

Special Exhibits


Colorado Quilting Council on Parade 2014

The Colorado Quilting Council, Inc. is a state-wide organization of persons who are interested in preserving the heritage of quilting, promoting excellence in quilting and related arts, and in providing a source of information and inspiration. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month, January through October. The November and December meetings are combined and held on the first  Saturday in December. The Council’s annual quilt show, Quilt-A-Fair, is held in September, in lieu of that month’s meeting. Visit their web page,  www.coloradoquiltcouncil.com, for information on membership and upcoming programs.


2 Brits & a Yank

“2 Brits & a Yank” showcases an eclectic, quirky mix of styles from Miriam Basart, Kate Cox and Christi Beckmann. The artists’ attraction to “The Slow Movement & Outsider Art” influences their way of working and the materials they use to create their art. Hand stitching is a part of their modus operandi, not for the perfection known in traditional quilting but for it’s harmonizing effect on the spirit, the quiet time spent in it’s execution and the unexpectedness of the results when the thread dictates where it should lead the hand. We hope that you enjoy what we love to create.


Color Wheel of Emotions    
Cultures universally associate colors with emotions using them to describe a mood or express a feeling.  Anthropologists and businesses alike hypothesize about the role colors play within a community and how to anticipate a reaction. In contemporary society a person may be feeling blue or turn green with envy. Red is often associated with strength while yellow is a happy color. These works were designed to convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists.  Curated by Carol R. Eaton, Studio Arts Quilt Associates.


Cool Classic Rides

Teresa Shippy’s inspiration for Cool Classic Rides is her love for vintage. She remembers the cars we all used to drive as kids. Some were hand me downs, however we never thought that was the case. We were always excited to get behind the wheel of the next slightly used ride. This collection has been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover fabric painted pieces, vintage men’s ties, and wool scraps.


Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later           
In 1993, a photograph of a quilter standing in front of two quilts, led to over a dozen major museum exhibits, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper article, countless books, and a series of U.S. postage stamps. So why are there still so many avid quilters who know little or nothing about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed by the national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts.


Gossip Challenge - The Textile Artists of Greater Yellowstone

GOSSIP: “to talk idly about the affairs of others”. Textile Artists of Greater Yellowstone (TAGY) took this to a different level in their Gossip Challenge 2013. Four groups consisting of six quilt artists each began with photos; one per group seen only by the first quilter. She interpreted it in her own style, and then passed her quilt to the second person and the second on to the third, etc… Imagination and creativity at its best. Photos were revealed when we were done.


The Hoffman Challenge

Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. Sponsored by Mancuso Show Management.

The Quilts were chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric including prize winners from the pieced, appliquéd and mixed techniques categories. The Clothing shows the versatility of the stitchers who made a variety of garments from simple to elegant to artistic. Enjoy seeing the ways of manipulating fabric, how using metallic thread and fabric add a sparkle, and the special touches added by embellishing with buttons and other trim. The Doll Makers asked to be recognized in the fifth year of the Challenge. Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of the doll or its clothing.


In the Style of ... presented by Artique Critique Group

We all feel we need for the insight of others as we work on our quilt pieces and that’s why we created the critique group. We have mini-lessons at our group meetings - last year we each presented an artist we wanted to learn more about and this year we are studying “isms”--for example, fauvism, cubism, modernism, etc. and our challenge this year is to do a piece in the style of an artist famous for one of those “isms”.


Journey 65 or How to Turn 20,000 Miles into a Dye Bucket

In celebration of her 65th birthday, Laurie Hill Gibb spent 12 months circumnavigating North America, staying in beautiful areas, visiting museums and galleries.  Since her return she has spent her time creating art quilts depicting moments on her journey. She has also quilted her beloved 1995 VW camper, Turtle.  The art installation tells the story of being a solo female traveler.


Main Street presented by AQuA

The Art Quilt Association celebrates “Main Street.” Images may come from the Main Street of our youth, those picturesque towns through which we’ve traveled, or our current home towns, including Grand Junction, the home base of the Association. Iconic art, abstracted architecture, favorite street scenes, or special events capture the imagination. Take a walk through “Main Street.”


Pretty Planet: Fiber Artists Coalition

Pretty Planet is an exhibit of art quilts inspired by the beauty of the earth. Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition find inspiration in the environment, the people, and the joy of living in a wonderful world. Whether firmly planted in the soil or soaring through the sky, their art absorbs and reflects this pretty planet.


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2014

The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge were announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “A Treat for the Eye” and entrants were to use the challenge fabric “Berries ‘n Cream” from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added to the Challenge in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure 11th Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


Retrospective Tour of the Signature Art Quilters

The Signature Art Quilters have been together for almost 20 years. At the time the group started, the term “art quilt” was not really recognized as serious quilting. We had trouble finding people who would join us. We painted, we stamped, we beaded, we dyed our own fabric and, in the beginning, we were dismissed. Well, the quilt world has drastically changed and now the “art quilt” has taken its rightful place at shows and in the market place. As in so many instances, the group has run its course and this is our final Mancuso show tour. We are grateful for the opportunity that Mancuso Show Management has provided us for these many years. We wish you, the viewer, happy quilting!


Sacred Threads

Sacred Threads intends to touch its viewers on spiritual and personal levels. We share the experiences of quilters whose stories are a source of healing and strength. The show does not emphasize any particular religion, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people. Quilts are categorized based on theme: Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.” Presented by Sacred Threads Chair Lisa Ellis and Curator Barbara Hollinger. Visit, www.sacredthreadsquilts.com.


Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change

Organized by Quilt for Change (quiltforchange.com), this challenge showcases the work of Rhode Island-based non-profit Solar Sister (solarsister.org) that helps African women start small businesses selling solar energy products in their communities. Thanks to this, children can study at night, mothers can care for their families and run small businesses, and communities can provide basic health care. These quilts debuted  at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Quilt for Change hopes this exhibit will inspire guilds to use the proceeds from raffle quilts to sponsor a “Solar Sister Entrepreneur” and help her become an environmentally-responsible businesswoman.


State of the Art 2014 - SAQA

Our choice of title without theme enables our members to create and show work to reflect their individual artistic skills and techniques without being constrained by a theme or rules that reflect on materials choices.  Artists are free to explore any creative ideas that they have to find new ways to create their art.


Time Lines: SAQA - Nebraska Regional Exhibit

From our conception to our last day, we go through life events that comprise our personal timeline. We are born tied to our mothers via a physical line; lines mark sports fields, carry electricity, and we “read between the lines.” Lines can be imposing like the Grand Canyon or fragile like a spider’s web.  They are created over thousands of years or in a few seconds.  In this exhibit, artists explored their own interpretation of lines that occur over time and each piece incorporates one such line, either obvious or implied, as part of the design.


Women Who Broke All the Rules

Women Who Broke All the Rules celebrates the ordinary but extraordinary women throughout history who made decisions that changed lives. By breaking the rules in the “good girl” handbook, they defined new ways for women to live. Created by CLAW (Crossing the Line: Artists at Work), a group of artists from across the United States who answered Karen Musgrave’s call to create meaningful art dealing with women and social justice issues.


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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers