Clear Palisades, 1987 Linda MacDonald 92x92"

Clear Palisades, 1987 Linda MacDonald 92x92"

The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium (Turner, Gilliland&Finlayson Galleries)

October 7-January 15, 2017

In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and 1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons, creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.



hmong Story Cloths: Stitching a History (Hallway)

October 7, 2016 through January 15, 2017

Chronicling the lives of the Hmong people of Laos, Story Cloths are vibrant and intricate needlework that developed out of refugee camps following the Vietnam War. As an alternative to written language, village women would stitch cloth at night  to document and communicate the story of their daily lives: collecting water, harvesting, transforming hemp into fabric- and also the highlights of their lives: escaping a great flood, New Year festivities, and marriage rituals.  The story cloths offer an intimate view into the cultural legacy and resilience of the Hmong people.



Photo by Gregory Case

Photo by Gregory Case

Lines, Angles, and Shapes

Jean Renli Jurgenson, Sue Siefkin and Geri Patterson-Kutras

October 7, 2016 through November 27, 2016 in Porcella Gallery

Opening Reception Sunday October 9,2016 3pm-5pm, Members

In the exhibit “Lines, Angles, and Shapes,” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, three Northern California fiber artists explore architectural themes. Whether drawing inspiration from actual buildings or pure imagination, each artist reveals her way of expressing angle, perspective, line, and shape through her use of  value, color, and scale. The quilts ask viewers to consider the visual strength of the masonry, wood and steel as they are depicted in the supple, fluid medium of cloth.