Special Exhibits

8/13/2015 - 8/15/2015
Manchester, New Hampshire



50 Shades of Gray: Gold Coast Quilters Guild, Boca Raton, FL
Gray has been described as the perfect neutral. It plays an important role in art and design. Designers often use it as a background color, utilizing light gray to replace stark white or dark charcoal gray to replace black or use any of the vast gradations of what seems an almost absence of color and it works! Gray doesn’t evoke particularly strong emotions, but pair it with passionate colors such as red, orange, or purple and it will pop! Use it with pastels and it evokes a softer, more subtle feminine sensibility. It works with just about any color. Often in the growing Modern Quilt movement, gray is employed in the design. So for the Guild’s 2014 Challenge, guild members had to incorporate at least one obvious gray fabric in their design! They could create a quilt using only gradations of gray or an obvious gray with a color or colors. Their quilt had to be a new creation, Modern, Traditional with a Modern Twist, Traditional, or Art quilt design. Quilts were judged by Beverly Fine, National Quilting Association Certified Judge. Curators were Marianne Haycook and Louise Moor.

100 Years of Women’s Artistic Sensibility & Emotion Expressed through Quiltmaking            
Two hundred years ago an affluent young lady’s proficiency with a needle was a marketable attribute with which her father could obtain a suitable husband. A woman’s role was to create and care for home and family. In many cases quilt making was for practical use, however it mainly served as a vehicle for artistic and personal expression that stayed within the realm of what society deemed an acceptable pursuit by a woman. Elaborate and intricate designs created for hand quilting and piecing patterns exhibited her individual artistry, emotions, and motivations. This exhibit showcases a sampling of such artistry and expression in quilts created between c.1780 and c.1890. Looking at 18th and 19th century quilts one can feel the love and emotions put into these quilts. Presented by Betsey Telford-Goodwin, Rocky Mountain Quilts.  

Along the Spice Route         
Along the Spice Route is an exhibit of 41 wall quilts interpreting a spice used in cooking today and its country of origin. In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide a learning opportunity to the origins of spices, learn the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries. Curated by Ann Reardon and Paula Golden.

American Made Brand Farm to Fabric Challenge

This juried exhibition of quilts made exclusively from Clothworks’ American Made Brand cotton solids speaks to the theme, “Celebrating Farm to Fabric.” Entrants were asked to submit quilts that answered, “What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?”           

Dr. Maya Angelou - A Phenomenal Woman         
Known for her powerful and insightful poems, narratives, and autobiographies, Maya Angelou is quoted in languages around the world. The quilts in this tribute to her life, by Master African American quilter Allyson Allen, remind us she was also an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, director, producer, teacher, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou overcame life changing trauma as a child, to become one of the most eloquent voices of hope and inspiration of our time. She was truly the bright light of a beautiful black candle!  

Fiber Perceptions - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists          
Perception is defined as: “the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.” The artist’s eye perceives something worth
capturing in everyday scenes or objects; perhaps it’s a shape or color that catches their eye, a glimpse of a memory from long ago, or simply the contrast with one’s surroundings. Things that others may see as plain and ordinary, an artist may perceive as special and extraordinary, something worthy of artistic interpretation. This exhibit represents individual artistic perceptions, seen with clear vision and interpreted in a fiber medium.    

From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars      
The quilts in From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars are from Renelda Peldunas-Harter’s recently released book of the same name. The book chronicles her military journey with short stories and six original quilts designed to honor the officer ranks between 2nd Lieutenant/Ensign through Colonel/Captain. The quilts honor all five of the military’s sister services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Renelda retired at the rank of Colonel.           

The Hoffman Challenge      
Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. 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.

Inspired by the Beatles
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the United States, quilt artists have each chosen a different Beatles song to portray as a 24” x 24” fiber art quilt. Inspired by the vast array of Beatles music and lyrics, these are a sampling of the quilts contained in the new book by Schiffer Publishing, “Inspired By The Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge.” Behold the magic that happens when artists are challenged to use songs and fabric to celebrate the timeless treasures of the Beatles’ music

The Introductory Tour of ARTAA             
The Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance (ARTAA) has shared their individual styles since 2005 when the group of like-minded artists first organized to explore, encourage, critique, and exhibit fiber as art. Sometimes inspired by a single theme, each member seeks to develop and expand her own interpretations while learning from and being associated with the others. ARTAA talents and friendships have grown over time, attesting to the notion that affiliations have a positive impact on one’s work and life. ARTAA members encourage others to form their own groups with those who express a similar interest in fiber as art.                               

My Favorite Things:  Cabin Branch Quilters & Stonehouse Quilters    

What is one of your favorite things? A pattern, color, technique or embellishment? A morning cup of coffee? Birds at the feeder? A sunset? A child or grandchild? Maybe it was that summer where you spent all your time catching up on your reading – a beach chair and a drink with an umbrella kind of vacation. I know teachers are thinking about that voice on the radio saying, “School is canceled due to snow.” Pick your favorite fabrics, photographs and frills and create a quilt that shares with us one of your favorite things. Cabin Branch Quilters meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Lake Ridge, Virginia. The web site is www.cabinbranchquilters.org. Stonehouse Quilters meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Manassas Baptist Church in Manassas, Virginia. The web site is www.stonehousequilers.org. Visitors are welcome.

My World: Contrast - Color – Texture presented by World Quilt Show Instructor, Anna Hergert   
This retrospective introduces the viewer to the way I embrace color and texture in my work. In a world that lacks contrast during the long winter months, color is my life line, my reason for staying motivated and entering my studio to create. I gather inspiration with my camera. Memories directly associated with these moments trigger abstract interpretations governed by my need to add color to an achromatic environment covered by snow and ice for up to seven months of the year.      

Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015  

The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 11th Annual Challenge were announced at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “My Favourite Holiday” and entrants were to use the challenge fabric “Holiday Green” from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge include Singer, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure twelfth annual Challenge deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.

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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