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Special Exhibits

The Pacific International Quilt Festival & Mancuso Show Management Are Proud to Present:

With Support from our Special Exhibit Sponsor Cherrywood Fabrics 

40 x 40 @ 40 - New Works by the Manhattan Quilters Guild
This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Manhattan Quilters Guild, celebrating the signature styles of our 21 members. What began as a small group of strangers responding to an ad in Quilters Newsletter Magazine – novice quilters sitting around a dining room table in Manhattan – has progressed into a select group of established artists who continue to meet in Manhattan. Our work, rooted in traditional craft, has evolved into fiber art forms that often go beyond quilts.

Like Manhattan itself, our membership is cosmopolitan and international. We bring our stories, our skills, our diverse interests to the table. We work hard. We share. We create, each maintaining a unique voice, even as we inspire each other.
40Pictured above: KALEIDOSCOPIC XLI: Wheelhouse Rock by Paula Nadelstern, Look to the Trees by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Life Begins at 40 by Robin Schwalb, and Movement 3 by Beth Carney

In addition to being professional exhibiting artists, we are designers, gallerists, curators, teachers, writers, bloggers, mentors, and entrepreneurs. 

 

A Black and White Showcase - Quilters of the Round Table (QRT)
Quilters of the Round Table (QRT) is the outgrowth of the first African American Quilters Conference held in Lancaster, PA, in the early 1990s.  QRT’s theme for the 2021 exhibit is  “A Black and White Showcase” with an optional accent color.  The size and style of the quilts are the quilter’s choice.  This exhibit shows the wide variety of styles, creative skills, and techniques of the group members. 

 

A Textile Conversation - Rachel D.K. Clark, Gayle Hazen & Corlis Taylor
People use a variety of ways to tell their stories. The story of the friendship shared by Rachel Clark, Gayle Hazen, & Corlis Taylor has been centered around their love of fabric.  They have spent many years talking to each other about their lives, their fabrics, and the creative process.  In many cases, their fabric has seemed to 'speak' to them and has guided the finished product.  They hope that the pieces included in this exhibit help generate conversations between you and your stash, and that you enjoy viewing the end results of many of their discussions about the textiles that inspire them.   

 

Between Heaven and Earth - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists
     Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists
Winter Swan by Eileen WintemuteBeyond the Edge Fiber Artists are proud to present our latest exhibit, “Between Heaven and Earth.” Each artist was asked to interpret the theme and create fiber art pieces based on that interpretation. The theme “Between Heaven and Earth” was selected as a tribute to our dear friend, Linda Friedman. Linda was a member of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists until her passing in 2019. She often created art pieces depicting birds and used the title “Between Heaven and Earth” for one of her pieces. This exhibit is our way of remembering her and continuing her legacy in our group. Pictured: Winter Swan by Eileen Wintemute

 

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge
     Cherrywood Fabrics
ImageWhat can you create with just one color? Every year, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics challenges artists to create a unique piece of art with a limited color palette. Given simple rules, they were encouraged to push themselves creatively to design an original fiber art piece, taking inspiration from the art and legacy of the late Bob Ross, creator of Public Television’s “The Joy of Painting.” Four traveling exhibits were chosen from more than 400 submissions. The cohesive colors, size, theme and texture of Cherrywood make the exhibit one of a kind. There were no limits on technique, so the viewer will see incredible manipulations of fabric in these 20-inch quilts. The collection is stunning and we hope you can appreciate the time and artistry that went into their creation! Cherrywood is proud of this beautiful textile tribute to an iconic man who continues to bring joy to a new generation.

 

Creative Play With Appliqué, Sheila Collins Fabric Art
SCFA.NoelaniPIQFSheila Collins Fabric Art is a celebration of color and design. Sheila is known for her dimensional fabric art, which came to be by combining her backgrounds in fashion design and graphic design with her love of sewing, and the result is bright, cheerful, and fun. Her specialty is machine appliqué. Sheila’s creative journey has taken her in different directions over the years, including participating in juried art festivals, exhibiting and selling her art. More recently she has focused on presentations, workshops, and pattern making. Her fresh designs and bright colors will leave you inspired and smiling.

 

 

Examining Your Personal Journey with Racism
     Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group
Trying to Fit In by Jeanne AirdThe murder of George Floyd and the events of 2020 provided a moment of reckoning.  A Cutting Edge member challenged the group to examine our own personal histories, attitudes and feelings about racism  in visual form with cloth.  The creation of these quilts and the discussions about them as we were in the process of making them has led us to heart places we may not have wanted to touch before.  We share with you our journeys. Pictured: Trying to Fit In by Jeanne Aird

 

 

Favorite Quotes
     AQuA
Unconditional Love by Cindy WilliamsLanguage has the power to move us.  We are enthralled and inspired by poets, authors, lyricists, and orators.  Their words may invoke an emotion we could not have voiced ourselves; evoke a chuckle, a sigh, or create a vivid image.  Members of The Art Quilt Association have selected their Favorite Quotes and captured its essence to create an artful interpretation.

Pictured: Unconditional Love by Cindy Williams

 

 

Global Quilting Styles by Allyson Allen
American quilters incorporate a wide variety of techniques into their quilts. But most of those techniques did not originate in America. However, the American quilt maker is known around the world for cleverly adapting and sometimes combining quilting styles, and making them our own. Many of these sewing techniques from very different parts of the world seem similar to one another as well.

 

HERStory
     Curated by Susanne Jones
Aviatrix Amy de Vanny 800You studied history. Celebrate HERstory. Throughout history, women struggled to have a voice and we got it in the USA in 1920, the right to vote. Let’s celebrate the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since then. We all have women that we admire who are courageous, intelligent, and ground-breakers. This exhibit, by artists from seven countries, includes tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. These quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man. Art quilts honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, and world leaders. Pictured: Aviatrix by Sue de Vanny

 

Hoffman Challenge - Garden State of Mind
There's no better way to celebrate than with the 32nd Annual Hoffman Challenge. Hoffman Fabric's "Garden State of Mind" digital print collection made up the 2020-2021 Hoffman Challenge Collection. They put artists to the ultimate test! For the first time ever, Hoffman Challenge participants were required to use a minimum of 3 out of 6 fabrics from the collection in their artwork entry.

 

Individual Artistic Textile Expressions
     SAQA Global Trunk Show
SAQA 2021The SAQA Global Trunk Show is cutting-edge artwork.  Innovative, evocative, punchy, beautiful --- art quilts today always contain the fundamental elements --- threads and the appearance of layers.  Art quilts are a special amalgam of other materials, new techniques, found items and magical ideas.



 

 

Life’s a Beach - Quilts on the Wall
Accepting a third Challenge for 2020, members decided to share their love and good fortune for living along the Southern California coast.

 

Midwest Views - SAQA Illinois & Wisconsin
Midwest Views highlights the extreme contrasts of lifestyles, opinions, and natural beauty captured within the boundaries of Illinois and Wisconsin—no small task given that the vast expanse covered by these two states exceeds 100,000 square miles. The locations of inhabitants are varied, from remote rural areas to densely populated cities. Glacier trails littered with huge boulders disappear into rumbling cities, followed by tumbling flat farmland filled with corn and cattle. A friendly rivalry exists between the two states, pitting the flatlander of Illinois against the cheese heads of Wisconsin, but our love of art and freedom of expression brings us together.  Midwest Views gathers the inspiration of twenty-nine SAQA fiber artists who reside within the Illinois and Wisconsin region, featuring insights into their lives.

 

My Journey with Jane Stickle - Quilts by Laura Fraga
I have a quilting passion for two things, hand applique and The Dear Jane Quilt. I have been a D.J. enthusiast since 2000 when I first saw one displayed at the AQS show in Paducah. The original quilt was made during the Civil War in 1863 by Jane Stickle. It consists of 225 blocks and triangles. The blocks are 4.5 inches finished. Jane Stickle named her quilt “In War Time” and it is displayed at the Bennington Museum in Vermont for a few weeks every fall. Thank You to Brenda Papadakis who authored a book on the unique quilt. Now quilters worldwide are making a masterpiece of their own. I enjoy giving workshops and lecturing on the history of the quilt.

 

New Quilts of Northern California
This juried exhibit is an annual favorite at PIQF. View the work of Northern California’s most well-know and upcoming quilt makers. This amazing collection of recent works is presented by the Northern California Quilt Council and curated by Sharon Malachowski and Jeanne Brophy.

 

Patterns in Nature
     ArtStream
Kaleidoscope by Carol Sebastian NeelyPatterns in nature have the power to catch the eye and intrigue the mind. The ArtStream quilters appreciate the symmetries, spirals, meanders, waves, tessellations, stripes, and cracks that are found in the natural world whether on the land or below the sea. The ArtStream quilters have challenged themselves to celebrate the surprising underlying unity in the kaleidoscope of the natural world through a variety of techniques and surface treatments.

Pictured: Kaleidoscope by Carol Sebastian Neely

 

 

 

Quilted Portraits and More - Curated by Phyllis Cullen and Cindy Richard. 

Carolus Duran by Jack EdsonThe exhibit showcases faces, figures, people at work and at play (and even a few pets), in a wide array of styles and techniques. Our goal is to tell the story behind the face, personal, historical, or mythological. The art is created by worldwide members of our study/critique groups, classes, and a Facebook group  called  "It's All About the Face," a universal forum for lively discussion, growth, and inspiration. Pictured left: Carolus Duran by Jack Edson.

 

 

Quilting During Pandemic Times
     Pajaro Valley Quilt Association

Through the Outback by Heidi Beltz SandkuhleWhat quilts did you make to get you through the stress, uncertainties, sorrow, suspisions, anxieties, separations, political shenanigans, voting falsehoods, personal and community loss, natural disasters, and world-wide upheavals that we all experienced?  The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA--Santa Cruz County, CA) members give you a glimpse of what they created to get them through the worst of times. Pictured: Through the Outback by Heidi Beltz-Sandkuhle

 

 


Sierra Quilting Inspiration
     Mountain Art Quilters

MAQ logoMountain Art Quilters is a group of fabric artists centered in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California. Fifty members meet monthly to share expertise, ideas, inspirations and art. Goals of the group include expanding personal creativity and skills, sharing creations and techniques with other art quilters, and educating the community regarding the artistic merits of art quilters and fiber art.  Our pieces are original, not from published patterns or books and are entirely the work of the individual artist.  In addition to working together, MAQ members enjoy playing together and building meaningful friendships through a variety of activities such as   classes taught by fellow members, open studio sessions, field trips and pot luck parties.

 

Simple Yet Bold
     San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Th1996.241.004ese quilts hold our attention with their dynamic techniques, bold color combinations, and meticulous designs. Whether they be historical or contemporary, these quilts from the collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles provide a feast for the eyes. Their simple designs allow the artists’ skill to shine through.  The defining techniques can be seen in the stitching of the quilting or surface design. The choice of colors creates additional depth and bold contrasts in design. All of these elements come together in a collection of singular quilts that we are honored to have and preserve for future generations.

 

Stretching Art and Tradition 21: Community
Stretching Art and Tradition is a world community of fiber artists who are inspired by the world in which they live.  SAT21 challenged participants to examine their motivation and inspiration found in community and fiber and create a representation which illustrates personal passion, joy, concern, or simply touches the heart and to take a moment to view the results and celebrate both the unity and diversity of this community of artists.

 

Sunrise/Sunset - Quilts on the Wall
“We need to be reminded sometimes that a sunrise lasts but a few minutes. But its beauty can burn in our hearts eternally.” R. A. Salvatore, Author

Quilts on the Wall, a southern California association of textile artists, is pleased to present “Sunrise - Sunset”. Sunsets of the silhouette of a cactus against the desert sky, camels trekking across the Moroccan sands, and surfing near the pier at sunset bring closure to the day. Sunrise invites you to grab a cup of coffee and listen for the hoot of the owl getting ready to sleep after a night of hunting; or bask in daybreak over the broad African basin as wildlife visits a local watering hole. Every sunrise and sunset brings a special feeling to the viewer. We hope you enjoy the materials and techniques employed in these art pieces.

 

The Social Justice Sewing Academy: Connecting Generations through Cloth
From quilts made supporting abolition and temperance, to signature quilts raising money for war efforts, to the AIDS Memorial Quilt, quilts have always expressed political beliefs and support social causes. As quilt scholar Marsha MacDowell said, "Many people think of quilts as a warm, fuzzy domestic art. Yet we see time and time again, artists have used this particular medium to make strong statements that address human rights issues." Most often, quilts with a message are made by adults. But today the tradition of quilting for social justice is being introduced to young artivists (artist/activists) who pick up a needle and thread for the first time and learn to see quilts in a new way.

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through hands-on workshops across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion to become agents of social change.

Each SJSA Community Quilt, which offers a look at the varied issues important to young people, is made of blocks designed and created by youth artivists. Stitched into each of their quilt blocks is a sense of wanting more for their lives, hope for a more just society. These powerful blocks are then sent to embroidery volunteers, usually adult quilters and fiber artists, who add embellishments and learn more about what matters to young people. The quilts are pieced and quilted by volunteer quilters, creating a bridge of learning and understanding between generations.

Some SJSA youth artivists have the opportunity to participate in longer workshops, like summer programs with regular meetings, that allow the young people to create an entire small art quilt of their own. These striking visuals are planned, designed, and executed over weeks before being quilted and finished by older quilters, continuing the intergenerational dialogue.

The Remembrance Project was founded by SJSA in 2020 as a way to memorialize the countless lives lost to community violence. The banners created for this project, largely made by adult quilters without any formal art training, are an international public art memorial project. Across all of SJSA’s activist quiltmaking projects, the connecting thread is building empathy and understanding between young people, adults, and their communities through textile art. To learn more and get involved with SJSA, visit sjsacademy.org.

 

Word Salad, Fashionistas and Girlfriends
Kathryn Pellman’s Word Salad, Fashionistas and Girlfriends is a visually and verbally colorful and playful celebration of women, femininity, their lives, friendships and romantic relationships, real and imagined.  Word Salad is what she calls a found poem, also known as literary collage. Much like the artist’s fashionista quilts, which she creates by cutting up fun conversational prints from multiple fabric lines, she cut words and phrases from printed fabric and tosses them around on her cutting table letting the words arrange themselves into a “word salad,” not always knowing the story they will tell until the words are arranged, rearranged, added, taken away, and mixed with images.

International Exhibits

AUSTRALIA:
OPEN BORDERS: Travel-Inspired Textiles
Australia closed its international borders in March 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also extensive and ever-changing internal travel restrictions as State and Territory government declare lockdowns and border closures. In this invitational exhibit, Australian textile artists explore and celebrate their country and recall a time of open borders and travel adventures. Come along for the journey.

IRELAND:
Interchange Threads Connect
Interchange Threads Connect is the title of a special group exhibition conceived by the South African Quilt Guild as part of their national quilt show in 2019. The exhibit contains 30 quilts from three countries, South Africa, Germany, and Ireland, inspired by the theme “Interchange Threads Connect”. The exhibition was shown at the South African national quilt festival and in Germany. The Irish collection has not been shown outside Europe. The 30 quilts contain examples of the wide variety of styles and skill levels of members of the Irish Patchwork Society and illustrate an imaginative interpretation of the theme.

ISRAEL
Womanhood?
     An Exhibition by the Encounters Group
Art represents women according to their accepted role in society. In prehistoric times, when most societies were matriarchal as women were the creators of life, one of the main representations was a fertility figure. With the development of agricultural cultures and with them patriarchalism and monotheistic religions, the role of women changed and so we find them also in art – the holy mother (Maria), portraits of aristocratic ladies, women at their work, or nude representations. In many cultures, beginning with the Bible, the woman is represented as a temptress and source of sin. Women are the womb and the chattel of men. Pictured left: The Four Mothers by Eti David.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3, 6

In the reality of the current Western society, women are independent. They are leaders, judges, artists, engineers. Many are career focused and breaking glass ceilings.  

All of the artists of the Encounters group are women. Each and every one of us expresses herself through her art. In the past in parallel to our artistic endeavors, we worked in many various fields: management, secretarial work, education, accounting, hi-tech, and more. In addition, we are daughters, mothers, and spouses. In this exhibition, we don’t aim to represent women as a gender group or to discuss discrimination against women. We chose to represent a specific woman, or the essence of womanhood, through women who lived in the past or live today, a mother or a stranger, a career woman, or a homemaker. The exhibition includes portraits of our mothers, cultural icons, or ourselves.

Golda Meir was the only women prime minister of Israel since the inception of the state. She said: “Aim to achieve your best by turning tiny sparks of opportunity to blazes of achievement.”

NETHERLANDS
International Dear Jane Exhibit
     Curated by Jeltje van Essen, The Netherlands
What started with a simple reading of Brenda Papadakis’ book, Dear Jane in 2012 and a gift of 17 blocks, quickly turned into a full-on passion for this iconic quilt. Soon after, I engaged many eager and enthusiastic friends to help create more blocks, using all Kaffe Fassett fabrics. In 2015, another group effort completed Dear Roses with the help of many international quilters. In 2016, the Share Jane series of three almost identical Dear Jane quilts were made with a global, collaborative effort for an exclusive exhibit in Alsace, France. Finally, two Follow your Dreams quilts followed.

NEW ZEALAND
Southern Vistas – Quilts from New Zealand
Being geographically isolated and living at the edge of the Southern Oceans, New Zealanders have a unique view of the world. We are a nation of travellers and memories of distant lands often inspire our quilts. Closer to home, our quilts capture the rugged landscapes, deep saturated colours, and flora and fauna that are part of our world. Some are more abstract, shining a light on social concerns and the new realities of life after Covid. All are vistas of our world, as viewed from a southern perspective, and interpreted in stitch, thread and cloth.

SOUTH AFRICA
Our World
Gathered from around South Africa especially for this international exhibition, this collection of quilts offers a glance into distant studios. Our world is a patchwork of diversity and the artworks are alive with the creative challenges that result. Diversity is explored and interpreted through many themes in fabric and stitch. There is a variety of styles such as traditional, modern, and art quilts, as well as a range of techniques, carried out by hand and machine. United by a passion for colour, textiles, and stitch, the collection expresses a multi-layered visual poetry.

SPAIN
Quilts from Spain, Beyond the Sun
As you will see, this exhibition is a pretty eclectic mix! There is no typical Spanish quilt design, nor anything like as much history of quilting in Spain as there is in the USA. So you will find everything here, from traditional pieced designs to pojagi, from appliqué and collage to wholecloth, from pictorial via geometric to abstract.

The Asociación Espanyola de Patchwork is the national quilting body in Spain and many of the quilts in this exhibition have been shown and won awards in their annual festival which takes place in Sitges, Barcelona each year in March. Many of the quilts have also won international awards including several in the US.

Finally, it is worth pointing out that in recent years, Spain has been consistently among the top half dozen countries to have had quilts accepted in many of the top US quilt shows.

CANADA - IRELAND - THE NETHERLANDS - SCOTLAND - USA
World Wide Whispers

World Wide Whispers is a display of 60 International quilts. The project was led by Ann Hill (Scotland), with Paula Rafferty (Ireland), Jeltje van Essen (The Netherlands), Debbi Cagney (USA) and Kim Caskey (Canada) all agreeing to participate. It was agreed that each country would contribute 12 quilts during this year long project. The leader of each country started things off using an original photo as inspiration to create their piece, photographing their finished piece and sending the photo and artist statement to the next person on the team. That next team member used that photo as their inspiration to create their piece, photographed it and sent it along to the next person, and so on and so on. Confidentiality was of utmost importance, as quilters received information about the previous piece only. Once each country’s pieces were completed, the collection was revealed to all of the participants.