November 2015 Exhibits
LA GRANGE – November 24, 2015 – The Texas Quilt Museum will kick off its fabulous fifth year with three brand new exhibits that spotlight the Wild, the Winning, and the Way Modern. Also, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of a multi-panel quilt with a historic backstory. This slate of exhibits will be on display from January 7-March 27, 2016.
"Half Square" by Tara Faughnan.“Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum” will feature 25 quilts made by members of Modern Quilt Guilds from around the country. This fresh-but-steeped-in-tradition style has taken the quilt world by storm. This is also the MQG’s first-ever juried exhibit for a museum venue. It is sponsored exclusively by EZ Quilting.
“These quilts represent the Modern Quilt Guild aesthetic at its best, with vibrant color, jazzy compositions, and improvisational verve,” offers Museum Curator Dr. Sandra Sider.
Sider will also give a free lecture, “Designing Quilts in the 21st Century: Modern Quilt Guild” on February 13 at 3 p.m. Museum admission is free beginning at 2 p.m.
"Red Fox, Blue Fox"by Kate Themel"Selections from SAQA: Wild Fabrications” features 16 works made by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates depicting both realistic and fantastical members of the animal world. These bold, bright works will create something of a Fabric Zoo. But no petting allowed.
“This exhibit has humorous imagery and astonishing animals created in a wide variety of styles and techniques,” Dr. Sider says.
“Quilts: A World of Beauty – Prizewinners from the International Quilt Association” showcases 22 quilts which took home a prize at the recent IQA Judged Show.
The show offered nearly $95,000 in cash, non-purchase prizes to members who entered in more than 20 different categories from all over the quilt world.
"Eager to Learn - Afghanistan" by Gillian Shearer"This really is where the best quilters from around the world send their work to compete,” notes Museum and IQA co-founder Karey Bresenhan. “And with such a wide variety of styles and techniques, the winners are really representative of all that quilting has to offer in terms of artistic creativity.”
Finally, a very special exhibit of “The Magna Carta Quilts” adds a bonus treat. The eight specially-installed panels tell the story of the creation and signing of the Magna Carta (on which the U.S. Constitution is based) to celebrate its 800th anniversary. It also spotlights historical figures who have exemplified the Magna Carta’s tenets of personal rights and freedoms in their life and work.
The panels were created by a group of quilters in England, and when viewed from the back, show the country’s famous Thames River. For more information, visit www.magnacartaquilt.co.uk
Two panels of the "Magna Carta Quilts" on display at the recent International Quilt Festival in HoustonThanks to EZ Quilting for sponsoring the Modern Quilt Guild exhibit.
Special thanks to Gene Reynolds and Associates, Public Accountants, for their partial sponsorship of the SAQA and IQA exhibits.
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