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Special Exhibits

QuiltFest Greenville, SC & Mancuso Show Management
are Proud to Present:

Every Quilt Tells a Story and Every Story Leads to Discovery
The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT) leads visitors through Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and recently added, Greenville County. Walking, biking, or driving the trail is an adventure to a variety of unique historical sites, museums, parks, shops, and galleries.

The trail is designed not only to allow the enjoyment of the quilts but also to showcase what the upstate has to offer. The quilt panels you will see on the UHQT are as beautiful and diverse as the stories behind them. They range in style from floral, geometric, pictorial, traditional, crazy, abstract, and modern. They tell the stories of those who designed them and created them originally but also of those who have cared deeply enough to carry these stories on and add them to the trail to share with others.
UHQT will be demonstrating the various stages of producing a quilt panel. Times for demonstrations will be 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The painted quilts panels are for both indoor and outdoor display.

 

20 Perspectives: Bridges
Curated by Phyllis Cullen
A collaborative effort, - and a challenge. "20 Perspectives" is an international group of professional quilt artists. For this challenge we asked ourselves, "What is a bridge?", The answers demonstrate a stunning variety of approaches and interpretations, from the pictorial to abstract to metaphorical, linguistic, and musical . And our collaborative piece, a slice by slice interpretation of the famous Pont Neuf in Paris, "bridges" the geographical and cultural distances between us.

Previously exhibited at various European venues, we are grateful to Mancuso show management for the opportunity to share our visions with viewers throughout the US as well.

 

Into the Meadow – Hoffman Challenge 2022
Into the Meadow Hoffman

 

 

Naturally, we want to celebrate with YOU because it is your creativity and loyalty to our brand that allows us to continue to lead the way in textiles. There's no better way to celebrate than joining in on the 33rd Annual Hoffman Challenge. Our "Into the Meadow" digital print collection make up the 2021-2022 Hoffman Challenge Collection. We are putting you to the ultimate test this year! For the first time ever, Hoffman Challenge participants are required to use a minimum of 2 out of 5 fabrics from the collection in their artwork entry. Ready to celebrate with us?

 

It’s All Around Us – Textile Art by Quilts on the Wall
Beth Shibley Happy PlaceThe 2021 challenge to members of Quilts on the Wall was intended to be a “double entendre,” or a figure of speech that is devised to have a double meaning. Members were asked to make a visual representation that contained approximately 50% ROUND shapes. They were told that the shapes did not have to be perfectly round but could be organic, as seen in nature, circles, curves, representational or abstract. The second meaning assigned to the challenges was how each artist identifies and defined the word “It”….in It's All Around "Us." While the challenge was to use rounded shapes, the freedom was in the artistic expression as experienced by the individual artist. Pictured: Happy Place by Beth Shibley

Quilts on the Wall members are a group of Southern California textile artists. The group votes on at least two Challenges a year allowing members to create their own vision of the theme. Both juried and non-juried exhibits travel to local and national venues such as quilt and textile art shows and are displayed in art galleries and magazines. Quilts on the Wall gallery: https://www.quiltsonthewall.com. Information at info@quiltsonthewall.com. New Members Welcomed.

 

 

Personal Viewpoints – Viewpoints: International Fiber Art Collective
Viewpoints is an international fiber art collective celebrating 11 years inspiring, creating and exhibiting together. The Personal Viewpoints series invited each artist to create a series of 3 related works to their own theme. A variety of themes emerged; Color, Recycling/Renewal, Words, Machines and more, each of personal significance. The unifying factor in this series was dimension, bigger and bolder than any previous work! The results are strong and dramatic, as unique as the artist that has created them. Each piece is a celebration of color and line and a wonderful expression of our Personal Viewpoints! www.Viewpoints9.com

 

Pieceful Protest by Allyson Allen
Because unique and beautiful protest art gets attention and can inspire change. These quilts by Allyson Allen document some of the ongoing racism, xenophobia, and misogyny that was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each quilt focuses on an issue of social or global concern. 

 

Quiet - TAVA (Textile Artists of VA)
Noise and business persistently surround us. Social media, family obligations, jobs, stress, appointments; all that and more keep us constantly on the move. Finding the stillness within, the quiet spot, feeling calm, tranquility of mind, and noiselessness often elude us. Discover what TAVA members found when they focused on the quietness that is sometimes hidden in plain view.

 

Sea Creatures - Quilts on the Wall
SeaCreatures

The seas of the world are wonderlands. From the bathtub-warm waters of Hawaii to the Antarctic where penguins struggle to raise their chicks amid snow and ice, to mythical seas where pirates, mermaids, and giant squid are the stories of ancient mariners….there is an endless variety of sea creatures. Quilts on the Wall, an association of textile artists in southern California present their artwork at national quilt & textile shows, art galleries Quilting Arts Magazine & Art Quilting Studio Magazine. Membership Information at https://www.quiltsonthewall.com. Pictured: Tina Turtle & Her Coat of Many Colors by Ardis Bucy, Shipwreck by the Kraken by Tara Ritacco, and I'm NOT Soup by Karen Guthrie.

 

Simple Lines – SAQA DC/MD/WV
Simple Lines
Living in or near a center of power such as Washington DC can affect a person’s view of the world. Every day seems to be filled with activity on multiple levels, weaving a complex structure of society that can be a challenge to understand and navigate. How would you express Washington DC and/or the surrounding area in a simplified form? Present your concept for Simple Lines in fiber. Utilize physical, historic, social, or natural platforms as your vehicle for inspiration. Pictured: A Stone of Hope by Linda Syverson Guild, and Simple Connections – Motherboard by Lana Dragon.

Simple can be harder than complex:
You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
 ~ Steve Jobs

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) was established in 1989. At this point in time, there are 40 Regions to better serve members who live all around the world. Officially the DC/MD/WV Region serves the SAQA members who reside in Washington DC, Maryland, and West Virginia. Our reach includes SAQA members in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

 

Stretching Art & Tradition (SAT) 22: Dawning of a New Day
As individuals, and as members of diverse societies around the world, we are all constantly evolving. Perhaps a “new day dawning” is a representation of a life event that has been recently celebrated. Maybe the artist is passionate about environmental issues, and their quilt represents their concerns for some aspect of preservation. Artists were asked to challenge themselves to stretch their art (and tradition!) by the addition of their selection of a piece of music that inspires, connects, or supports their finished piece. The song doesn’t need to include words related to the challenge.  For example, perhaps the “dawning of a new day” relates to the paradigm shift in education, now that the answer to every quiz and test question is available with a few keystrokes. Perhaps Pink Floyd’s “We Don’t Need No Education” could be the inspiration song!  The audience can experience the exhibit in a new way, by linking the artist’s chosen song via a QR code on the exhibit signage for anyone viewing the exhibit.

  

Swimming Upstream - Quilts by Bonnie Smith
Many years ago, I suffered a work-related injury. Since then, I have used swimming as my therapy. Swimming every day helped me visualize how others were trying to swim upstream with very little help. One day leaving the pool I decided it was time to tell my story. When the first textile was complete, I could see the artwork was just not about me but anyone swimming upstream through life. Today the series is a total of twelve quilted artworks. Creating the textiles was liberating. My goal is for others to know they are not alone swimming upstream.

 

THREEFOLD: THE Art of the TRIPTYCH - Mountain Art Quilters (Asheville, NC)
Triptychs have been popular from the Middle Ages to the present day. The task for members of Mountain Art Quilters in Western North Carolina and invited artists from Virginia was to create a three-part art quilt that meets the definition of a triptych. The three parts speak as a whole, and can be abstract or representational, in whatever style of art quilt the artist chooses. 

 

 

WPA Quilt Project – Old Kent Quilters, Chestertown, Maryland
Plate 5 Love Apple by Gretchen Knowles

 

The Works Project Administration (WPA) was established in 1935 by the Federal Government. This program provided paid jobs for the unemployed during the Great Depression. In 1989 Susan Czerny, head of Technical Services at the Reading, PA Library, while cleaning, found 30 quilt prints in a packet marked “WPA Museum Extension Project, District 2, S Langhorne, Pennsylvania.” Susan gave the packet to The Variable Star Quilters and the Generational Resources Exchange to preserve the patterns. We honor their work. Pictured: Plate 5 Love Apple by Gretchen Knowles