New exhibits at Texas Quilt Museum
celebrate butterflies and rare antiques
March 17, 2014—Insects taken to flights of fanciful art and gorgeous antique quilts from a storied collection will be showcased in the spring exhibits on display at the Texas Quilt Museum from April 3-June 29, 2014. The exhibits are:
Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin
Pictured: Beautiful Morning by Melanie Marr
Inspired by the mission and purpose of the National Butterfly Center, this juried exhibition (a first for the Museum) of contemporary quilts seeks to showcase the skill and creativity of talented textile artists across the country, while advancing a message of conservation.
The 38 works also celebrate
the completion of Grandmother’s Flower Garden, a beautiful meditative space adjacent to the Museum where butterflies can
“Butterflies symbolize rebirth
and metamorphosis. This exhibit shows how modern artists are reworking quiltmaking, contributing new techniques, processes, and concepts to the historical continuum of quilts,” adds Dr. Sandra Sider, Museum Curator.
An Invitational Flutter of Butterfly Art Quilts Galleries I, Pictured: Lepidopteran #3 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Wings of the Lepidoptera continue to flutter in this invitational exhibit featuring 17 amazing butterfly quilts, carefully selected by our Museum Curator.
“Butterflies symbolize metamorphosis, and the Texas Quilt Museum is transforming downtown La Grange into a favorite destination for quilt lovers from around
the world,” notes Museum Curator Dr.
And with the warm weather of spring in the air, this exhibit is a beautiful complement to Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin.
Selected quilts from both butterfly exhibits will be on display at the National Butterfly Center in the exhibit “Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art,” with possible stops in other venues around the country.
Antique Quilts from the Gundersheimer Collection Gallery II
Pictured: Detail from a 19th Century Crazy Quilt from an unknown artist
This exhibit features eight incredible antique
quilts in a wide variety of styles and genres from the personal collection of Karen and Werner Gundersheimer. The pair have a deep love for
folk art, embroidery and quilts, and you can see
it in selections like a vibrant Amish Shadow and Sunshine, a red-and-white alphabet quilt, a
triple Irish Chain, and a 19th-century Crazy quilt.
Karen has written and/or illustrated more than 30 children’s books, and her husband Werner served for many years as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. They have collected quilts for decades, seeking them out at antique shops, shows, fairs, and flea markets.
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