Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The weekend of September 22 & 23, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is free to the public.

On September 22, 2018 the museum celebrates Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, a national effort of museums to waive admission fees making them accessible for all. 

Paper art activities, keychain making, button making, Behind the Scenes tours, a scavenger hunt, and more!


Plus, the Opening Reception of Patricia Montgomery's exhibition:

Honoring the Heroines of
the Civil Right Movement

with an Artist Talk at 2pm


and a workshop with


Mending Collective

12:30pm - 3pm

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Gain the skills to mend your favorite pair of jeans. Come and learn a few basic patch techniques to rehab your beloved rough and tumble wear! Free with RSVP at themendingcollective@gmail.com - reserve your spot today.

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Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Viva Calle SJ
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Viva Calle SJ

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The weekend of September 22 & 23, SJMQT is free to the public. 

What Is Viva CalleSJ? 
Viva CalleSJ is a free program to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. On September 23, 2018 the museum will be open one hour earlier, from 10am – 3pm to celebrate Viva Calle, a local initiative that transforms six miles of city streets into an urban park for the day! 

SJMQT is located along the Viva Calle Route, in the SoFA Street Activity Hub!

Stop by the museum to decorate your bike, take part in fun activities, and see our exhibitions!

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First Friday: VeteransWrite Reading
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Friday: VeteransWrite Reading

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VeteransWrite was formed in 2014 with the support of Poetry Center San Jose and the VA, with the first meeting in Sept. 2015. The group initially met at Markham House in History Park. At the request of staff from San Jose State University, VeteransWrite relocated to the SJSU campus to provide better accessibility to veterans who are students there. 

The original intent was to provide a place for veterans and family members to meet monthly in a small group, in order to write and read their writing to each other. In 2018, at the request of the membership, an invitation has been extended to anyone who wants to attend, in order to bridge the divide some people may feel between military and civilian, with the understanding that every person is a "veteran of life". 

All levels of writing experience are welcome. Prompts and writing guidance are available. The group meets at MLK library on the SJSU campus on the First Friday of the month from 1 - 4 PM. For further information please email veteranswrite@yahoo.com. 

First Friday Schedule:

  • 7:00PM - 7:50PM David Eisbach, Dale Barnett, Doug Nelson

  • 7:50PM - 8:40PM Emilio Gallegos, Jeffrey Leonard, Nick Butterfield

  • 8:40PM - 9:30PM Amy Meier, Carol Steele

VeteransWrite Bios

Dale Barnett was raised in San Jose, CA., joined the air force for a stint. He’s been married 28 years and has 3 children. He lives in Morgan Hill, CA. and has been writing since 2009. He has self published 3 books and is involved with VeteransWrite, Poets@Play and Yosemite poetry festivals. He also writes for healing at he south San Jose VA clinic. 

Nick Butterfield served for 10 years in US-R as a Hospital Corpsman. He was activated during Operation Desert Storm. He works in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a FQHC Community Clinic and with Health Care for the Homeless Project for the last 17 years. He has been writing poetry since he was 13 years old. He has participated in open mics at the Willow Glen Poetry Project and other local venues since 1996 and was recently featured reader for Willow Glen Poetry Project. His poems have appeared in four anthologies and in Caesura.

Dave Eisbach was born in Minnesota. His mother worked in the Richmond California shipyards during the last two years of WWII. He grew up in Illinois, joined the Marines in 1957 and exited in 1960 as a Corporal E4. These years by some historical quirk were filled with peace. An adjunct teacher for many years, his interest in poetry expanded during his stint as a San Jose Arts Commissioner. He is an active poet in the Willow Glen Poetry Project, having poems in the groups anthologies, and has appeared in Central Coast Poetry Plays, Community TV. His book of poetry “Entwined” will be released in September 2918. David is the coordinator for the Oct. 5 San Jose Museum of Quilts reading.

Emilio Gallegos is a United States Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and single father of two. He is completing a BA at SJSU with a concentration in creative writing. Emilio has worked expensively with a men’s ministry group, and has directed a youth ministry group leading and teaching high school and middle school students. 

Jeffrey Leonard served in the U.S. Army between 1966-1968. Drafted out of SaN Jose State, he trained as a 11C40, leaving the service as an E-5. He is a 12th generation descendant of men who have served in every major conflict dating back to pre-Revolutionary America. A survivor of the Vietnam Era, he is drawn to the stories of the returning soldiers and how their lives unfold after they remove the uniform. 

Amy Meier grew up in New York City and has lived in the San Jose area for over 30 years. In 2015 Amy founded VeteransWrite, currently meeting once a month in the SJSU Dr. Martin Luther King library. Her recent work has been published in Caesura, Porter Gulch Review and online in Portside. 

Fifty years after serving in Vietnam, Doug Nelson is still trying to deal with the dissonance that comes with helping his country to be wrong. In 2007, Santa Clara County offered him a way to deal with Vietnam, assisting veterans with disability claims. His friends in the Willow Glen Poetry Project and in VeteransWrite are his mentors and muses.

Carol Steele comes from a military family. Both of her parents served in WWII. Her first husband and daughter's father was in the Air Force in Vietnam and her grandson is currently in the Army. Carol has been writing poetry about the family experience while having a loved one in the military during a time of war. She studied with Ellen Bass for eight years and is currently in a poetry salon with Patricia Machmiller and a member of Veterans Write.

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First Friday: Stitch N Bitch with Artist in Residence Margaret Timbrell
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Friday: Stitch N Bitch with Artist in Residence Margaret Timbrell

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This First Friday please join Margaret Timbrell in a Stitch N Bitch session. Bring your fiber works in progress (quilts, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, weaving, any and all textile based work) to participate in a traditional social sewing circle. We'll talk about anything and everything including, but not limited to, revolution, pie recipes, and unicorns.

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Meet and Greet with Margaret Timbrell, our Fall Artist in Residence
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Meet and Greet with Margaret Timbrell, our Fall Artist in Residence

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Please join the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles as we welcome our next artist in residence, Margaret Timbrell on September 7, 2018 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM in the Maker Space Studio.

Margaret Timbrell uses humor in her embroidery works to examine the way language is used today through technology. The San Francisco based artist adapts phone texts that have been altered incorrectly through the use of auto correct. Her work poses questions regarding the quality of language examining communication and miscommunication.

 

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Movie Night at SJMQT: "Who Does She Think She Is?"
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Movie Night at SJMQT: "Who Does She Think She Is?"

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

7 - 10 PM

Doors open 6:30 PM

Fee: $10.00 Members, $15.00 Non-members

"Who Does She Think She Is?," a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.

Register ASAP as seating is limited!

Bring your friends and enjoy a night at the Museum. We’ll provide the popcorn and the entertainment. Beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Whether you are an artist, a parent, a creative thinker or a supporter of the arts – this film will stir discussion and reflection.

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Bang! Bang! Discussing America's Second Amendment
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Bang! Bang! Discussing America's Second Amendment

TURNER GALLERY

SUNDAY, JULY 15
3 - 5 PM

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members

As a supporting program of the exhibition, Guns: Loaded Conversations, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to present Bang! Bang! Discussing America’s Second Amendment in collaboration with Stanford University Law Professor, John J. Donohue III.  Join us for an informative presentation and Q&A to discuss guns, their history and their cultural and social significance.  

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Personal Power: Activate Your Voice, Panel Discussion
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Personal Power: Activate Your Voice, Panel Discussion

PERSONAL POWER: ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE

FREE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

SATURDAY, JUNE 30
11 - 3 PM

Activities All Day!

  • Make your own protest sign and button
  • Send postcards to your local/state representatives

  • Sew with visiting artist Jen Graham

    • Graham's artwork Trajectory Patterns documents all 2016 addresses and fatalities of gun violence in America and is 137 ft. long. Throughout the year SJMQT will be creating a 2018 version of this profoundly moving work.

  • Grab a pocket Constitution in English or Spanish

  • Register to vote

 

Join the Conversation on Firearms and Safety (1-3pm)

Panel presentation followed by roundtable discussion on guns in America

Free! Register to participate

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Make Music San Jose: Performance by Quigs at SJMQT
Jun
21
1:00 PM13:00

Make Music San Jose: Performance by Quigs at SJMQT

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Sometimes poetic, sometimes ironic, but always something for the rock connoisseur!


Hailing from the South San Francisco Bay’s underground music scene, Quigs Music, interweaves melancholy harmonies with eclectic songwriting.  The songs presented in the 90s rock style are crafted to confound and mystify fans and casual listeners alike. 

MUSIC VIDEO:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgt4_9DAEVc
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Quigs-539393452880760
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/quigsmusic/
Website:    http://quigsmusic.com/
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/quigsmusic
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Mrbungles
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/quigsmusic/my-feelin
Reverbnation:  https://www.reverbnation.com/quig
Bandcamp:  https://quigs.bandcamp.com/track/my-feeling

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Stitching As Drawing: Stitch and Repeat with Liz Harvey
Jun
10
11:30 AM11:30

Stitching As Drawing: Stitch and Repeat with Liz Harvey

Sunday, June 10
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members
(Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Embroidery
Instructors:  Liz Harvey
Experience level: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Spots available: 25

Curious about backstitch, running stitch, chain stitch and those textured, fancy-looking knots - French knots and bullion knots? Inspired by 18th-century needlework samplers, this workshop explores learning these fun, basic embroidery stitches through starting a stitch-and-repeat design to take home. While practicing your stitches, you’re also creating an art piece drawn in thread. Use one of the modern needlework samplers/artwork on hand designed by the artist featuring endangered plants and their stories, or create a sampler/artwork all your own.

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Social Justice Sewing Academy Workshop
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Social Justice Sewing Academy Workshop

SATURDAY, JUNE 9
12 - 1:30 PM

Fee$15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members
(Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Textile
InstructorsSJSA
Experience level: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Spots available: 25

Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a critical education program that bridges artistic expression with activism. By using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion SJSA empowers participants to become agents of social change. In SJSA workshops, participants design 15x15 inch quilt squares that reflect their anger, sadness or passion about the social justice issue of their choice. Using art as an organized methodology, we promote a model that actively engages in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art. To learn more about SJSA please check out @sjsacademyand www.sjsacademy.com.

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Liz Harvey: New Work Opening & the lost ones Performance
Jun
1
6:30 PM18:30

Liz Harvey: New Work Opening & the lost ones Performance

JUNE 1, 2018

6:30 - 7:00pm the lost ones wanders through downtown
7:00 - 8:30pm Drop-in performance, the lost ones
8:30 - 10:00pm Opening Reception, New Work

Walk with us as the lost ones wanders along the Guadalupe River and through downtown San Jose. Meet to begin our short walk at the elephant sculpture behind the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum at 6:30pm. We will arrive at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles at 7:00pm. Lauren Baines performing.

Residency Hours and New Work on view:
Wed. & Thurs. 11am - 3:30pm and Sun. 11am - 2:30pm

Fri., June 1 Schedule

6:30 - 7:00pm the lost ones begins a short walk along the Guadalupe River to the SJMQT; Lauren Baines performs
Meadow behind the Children's Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way, San Jose

7:00 - 8:30pm the lost ones continues; Lauren Baines performs
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 S. 1st St., San Jose

8:30 - 10:00pm Opening reception for New Work
Foyer and Maker Space at museum


the lost ones: come watch, and stitch, as this embroidered sculpture continues to grow incrementally. 

the lost ones is a multi-year embroidery project and performance by Liz Harvey that occupies the intersection of craft, performance, and botany. Performers wear and embroider a Victorian-style dress made by the artist, and visitors are invited join the performer in embroidering the dress during each performance. Covering the dress are over twenty plant images featuring highly endangered plants from across the globe, creating an allover botanical design made from the accumulation of small stitches. In the last two years, over 150 visitors have embroidered on the dress alongside eight performers. The dress will be exhibited as a sculptural object when the multiple plant images are completely embroidered. The project, now in its third year, is slated to last five years.
the lost ones is a member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection for the Arts provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit www.theintersection.org.

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May First Friday
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

May First Friday

Stop by SJMQT this May 4 First Friday and see our new exhibitions!

GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

TURNER, GILLILAND AND FINLAYSON GALLERIES

An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces presented in this exhibition spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

The work explores heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership and consider how people's personal experience with guns may influence their opinions. The exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

GENERATION OF CHANGE: A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission is to inspire students to be aware of social injustices and turn them into leaders and organizers who believe that change can happen when they try and take action. By learning a strong foundation in sewing and textile art expression, SJSA's goal is to prepare students to solve the issues in their communities by their innovative thinking. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

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SJSA Workshop at SJMQT

COLOR PERCEPTION: PILAR AGÜERO-ESPARZA

APRIL 22 - JUNE 3, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

In her recent body of work, Pilar Agüero-Esparza presents the viewer with abstractions created using the skin tone palette of the Color Your World: Crayola Multicultural Crayons set. Referencing Joseph Albers’ color theory in the title of the exhibition, Agüero-Esparza’s leather, fabric and paper works explore the idea of a “racialized abstraction” connecting her mixed media works to colorism and the personal experience and representation of one’s color.

Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, Agüero-Esparza received her BA in painting and printmaking from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University. She is a local artist and art educator and has exhibited her work widely throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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NoonArts & Lecture Series: Classical Guitar Among the Quilts
May
4
12:10 PM12:10

NoonArts & Lecture Series: Classical Guitar Among the Quilts

NoonArts & Lectures Series and South Bay Guitar Society present: Classical Guitar Among the Quilts

A pre-concert “Meet the Artist” talk & demo
Suggested $5 door donation

Guitarist Christopher Mann introduces and performs samples of works by Giuliani, Fannarelli, Regondi, Coste & Mompou.

www.NoonArtsAndLectures.org

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"the lost ones" Stitch-In
Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

"the lost ones" Stitch-In

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29
11 - 2:30 PM

Admission fees apply.

Drop by the studio for stitching time on the dress for “the lost ones” while it is worn by a volunteer stitcher. Join in conversation about the plants and their stories with artist in residence Liz Harvey, and learn and share stitch how-to’s. This “stitch-in” holds a place for seeing and honoring our kinship with plants through the act of embroidery.

“the lost ones” is a five-year durational embroidery project by Liz Harvey that draws upon fashion, botany, performance and craft to explore how we regard species extinction, biodiversity, memorializing, loss and our relationship to plants. The project includes durational performances and stitch-ins welcoming participants to sew on a garment featuring dozens of endangered plants from around the world.

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