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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions

Cynthia D. Friedman
A Man among Giants, 2012
39” x 53”
Silk, cotton batting and backing, silk thread on the surface and lingerie thread on the bobbin
Machine pieced, machine quilted, fused organza overlays and machine embroidered

May 3, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Quilt National 2013

May 18: Member’s Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4pm

Quilt National 2013 – the 18th biennial juried exhibition – is the quintessential and much anticipated showcase of contemporary art quilts. It presents a current representation of the art quilt medium in all of its range of styles, techniques, and multi-faceted contemporary expressions. Its purpose is “to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quilt making as what it always has been—an art form.” The quilts selected for Quilt National have never been exhibited or published before their premier showing in 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.

The jurors for this exhibition are Linda Colsh, Judith Content, and Penny McMorris. They selected 87 works from 851 entries. A selection of 48 quilts will be on exhibit including juror Judith Content’s shibori dyed Cenote Azule and the quilts of three local artists Leslie Bixel, Sylvia Gegaregian, and Joan Schulze. Layered with felt and net, Dianne Firth’s Storm, casts a shadow on the wall creating a beautiful effect of multiple images. Texture, fusing, applique, dyeing and surface design, and embellishments are a few of the processes that stand out in this display.

On June 8, 2014, Inside Quilt National, a Fiber Talks program with juror Judith Content and Quilt National artists Leslie Bixel and Sylvia Gegaregian will run from 1:00–3pm. You can purchase tickets here.

Participating Artists:
Deidre Adams
Natalya Aikens
Pamela Allen
Molly Allen
Dale Barry
Elizabeth Barton
Leslie Bixel
Brienne Brown
Susan Callahan
Benedicte Caneill
Jette Clover
Judith Content
Cynthia Corbin
Cris Fee
Dianne Firth
Laura Fogg
Cynthia D. Friedman
Sylvia Gegaregian
Carol Goossens
Patty Hawkins
Sara Impey
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred
Catherine Kleeman
Katherine Knauer
Brigitte Kopp
John Lefelhocz
Kathleen McCabe
Lorie McCown
Rita Merten
Jan Myers-Newbury
Kathy Nida
Elin Noble
Dan Olfe
Bonnie Peterson
The Pixeladies
Judith Plotner
Susan Polansky
Leslie Rego
Karen Rips
Joan Schulze
Robin Schwalb
Susan Shie
Sidnee Snell
Joan Sowada
Mary Ann Tipple
Sandra van Velzen
Nelda Warkentin
Charlotte Ziebarth

This exhibit is produced and circulated by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

Sponsored by: Marvin Fletcher, Flying Geese Quilters Guild, Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild, Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation, Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Artists (CQFA)

Ros Cross
Broken Quilt, 1976
106" x 84" x 1"
Background - commercial cotton. Broken pieces - unbleached cotton muslin hand-dyed in tea. Polyester batting and polyurethane foam for 3D pieces

May 3, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76

Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76 is a chronicle of the innovative, sculptural quilts of Southern California artist Ros Cross, and asks “how do we perceive now, what was made back then?” A native of England, Cross became fascinated with the American quilt tradition, and 70s pop and minimal art movements. Her work is a reaction and response to what was being made in California at that time. Although created for only a brief period of time these inventive quilts made with stuffed parts and hanging pieces, merged a pop art aesthetic with a quilt tradition. Her ground breaking approach to the medium points to the beginnings, the early history of the Art Quilt movement, and her work is a testament to the spirit of invention in this medium. This exhibit of five stunning pieces is a rare documentation of an important innovative artist in the art quilt field. It also includes recent work of graphite drawings that express the artist’s current explorations.

Winter Color, 2013
Susan Lane
Commercial and hand dyed cotton fabric
Fused, embroidered, machine quilted

May 7, 2014 – July 20, 2014
New SAQA exhibit: Northern California Inspirations

This exhibit reflects the visions of twenty Northern California textile artists as they interpret the physical and the ephemeral, the massive and the minuscule, through the medium of the art quilt. The diverse, visually rich region of Northern California where we live influences and inspires this art.

The works presented in this gallery are by members of the Northern California/Nevada Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them.

Northern California Inspirations is part of FiberSpace, a program designed to showcase local quilt makers and fiber artists. FiberSpace is an exhibition platform where the Museum provides gallery space and community members provide the work and resources to mount a professional exhibit. For more information on FiberSpace, please visit this link.


These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.