Our exhibition schedule is partially
sponsored by Reynolds and Associates
January 5-May 6, 2023
Rosie deLeon-McCrady: Red Work
(Sponsored by the Lucille
Gaebler Klein Fund)
Places: A Celebration of the Human Hand: Works by Marilyn Henrion
Festival Prizewinners 2022
May 11-August 26, 2023
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Winners & Western Quilts
Mary-Ann Vaca Lambert exhibit
August 31-December 23, 2023
Antique Quilts from the Koval Collection
All Creatures Great and Small (Museum Juried Show)
Texan Themes and a Doll Debut
at the Museum This Spring & Summer!
LA GRANGE, TEXAS—May 8, 2023—For the first time in its history, the Texas Quilt Museum will present four exhibits on display simultaneously featuring a wide array of “Extra Texas” subjects, collections, and artists. Running from May 11-August 26, 2023 will be A Tribute to Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, Western Quilts by Sarah Dryden, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Blue Ribbon Winners, and the doll exhibit What a Doll!
A Tribute to Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert features 21 pieces done by the late accomplished artist who first learned to sew at the age of six, but also expressed her creativity in drawing, printmaking, and pottery. She also directed arts programs to adults and children throughout the state. Though small in size, those who knew her say her smile “lit up a room” and that family and friends were the center of her life. The quilts here include gardens, flowers, abstracts, and self-portraits of Lambert herself.
La Virgen de Guadalupe (47" x 71.5") by Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert. From the exhibit “A Tribute to Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert.”“Mary Ann’s exhibit presents the history of her art quilt journey. Who doesn’t remember La Virgen de Guadalupe, or her Coneflower, each beautiful in its own right?” Museum Curator Vicki Mangum says. “The colorful flowers and the self-portrait are a must see. Sadly, Mary Ann passed away in 2022.”
Western Quilts by Sarah Dryden features six works inspired by and used in her Ph.D. thesis “Imagining the Home: The West and the Western.” The works here juxtapose the reality of living in the West from the 1920s-1960s with what was portrayed to the world via Hollywood’s popular Western and cowboy movies. They tell that story with media and creative formats outside of simply fabric, and the role of
women is especially addressed. This body of work therefore seeks to question the populist perception and importance of the home in the “Wild West.”
Western Star (60" x 60") by Sarah Dryden. From the exhibit “Western Quilts by Sarah Dryden.”
“It’s surprising to find a person writing their thesis on a topic that includes the making of quilts, especially when that person has never made a quilt before,” Mangum says. “And her artist’s statements further explain her goal and vision with this project.”
Cowgirls Are Women (71" x 74") by Peggy Baldwin-Clayton with Lisa Patterson, My Quilting Fairy. From the exhibit “Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Blue Ribbon Winners 2023.”
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Blue Ribbon Winners 2023 has 28 works judged to be the best in numerous age and theme categories by the committee for the sizable annual event in Houston and were on display during it earlier this year. Every quilt that collected points that fell within a certain range of points was awarded a Blue Ribbon, and many of them are included here. The Museum will be working further with the HLSR on a collaborative Rodeo Quilt Contest for 2024.
Day of the Dead Catrina by Lulu Moonwood Murakami. From the exhibit “What a Doll!”
Finally, What a Doll! Showcases 86 of the multi-media artworks from some of the best artists working in the genre today. It’s curated by legendary doll artist, teacher, and enthusiast elinor peace bailey.
“These are some of the most interesting and attractive dolls I’ve seen displayed together in a very long time,” Mangum says. “Dolls and dollmaking bring out the child in us, when our imagination was colorful, whimsical, and full of fantasy. You will definitely enjoy this exhibit of handmade dolls!”
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