When I lived in Sleepy Hollow, NY, I belonged to a quilting club. As I went month after month, I loved seeing the quilts unfold, fruits of the imagination of this talented group of women.
It was fascinating how each block of fabric was added with the common threads of our lives. All of the pieces sown on one night might contain tales of our children’s challenges at school; on another night, the woes of having husbands out of town; yet another night, the joys or ambivalence of parents coming for the holidays pieced the quilts together. These stories tied us together with laughter, compassion and friendship… building blocks in the quilts of our own lives.
I watched with fascination, seeing scraps of fabric morph into masterpiece, to be showcased on baby cribs, family beds, tables and walls…tomorrow’s heirlooms in the making.
Throughout history, this communal aspect has added to quilting’s magic. It is this legacy from which the show Quilts=Art=Quilts was born. Yet this show, that runs from November 1, 2009 to January 10, 2010 and that is now in its 29th year at the Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center in Auburn, NY, takes quilting to a new zenith.
With close to 70 regional, national and international 70 artists exhibiting from as far away as Japan, Israel and Austrailia, you can see quilting done in every style, medium and color palate, pushing the creative borders on what can be crafted in this visual art form.
In addition to the exhibit, there are also the following special events being held in conjunction with the show:
- 11/6-11/8 – 3-Day Quilting by the Lake Workshop: Just Bead It – With artist Betsy Herschberg
- 11/13-11/15 – 3-Day Quilting by the Lake Workshop: Nuno Collage – With artist Cher Benda
- 11/22 – Trunk Show with Rochester Area Fiber Artists (RAFA) 2 p.m. Their work celebrates the visual feast inherent in using fibers with surface ornamentation, mind-boggling piecework, and painting as well as printmaking.
- 11/29 – Trunk Show with artist Christine Wickert 2 p.m. Chris now designs many of her own original pieces, with hand appliqué and hand quilting continuing to be her favorite techniques and defining her style.
- 12/6 – Trunk Show with artist Aafke Steenhuis 2 p.m. Aafke designs her own colorfol quilts, although she still makes traditional quilts now and then.
- 12/13 – Trunk show with artist Pat Pauly 2 p.m. Known for her improvisational technique, Pat uses bold color and unusual juxtapositions of printed and painted fabric in her work.
- 12/13 – Holiday Traditions 2-5 p.m. Annual holiday open house at Auburn’s historic & cultural sites including the Art Center. FREE admission.
- 12/20 – Trunk show with artist Judy Sheridan 2 p.m. Judy is noted for her fine hand appliqué, precise machine piecing and hand quilting.
The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is located at 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, 1-5p.m. Closed Mondays & major holidays.
Closing at 3p.m. Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve. Admission is $6. Free for Members, exhibiting quilters and children under 12.
If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy Liberty Cottage, A Haven for Handwork Artists (and Quilters).
Photos courtesy of Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center.