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Group Exhibition of Art Quilts Exploring Imagination as an Escape by Studio Art Quilt Associates Member Artists


SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

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EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: The exhibition IMAGINATION: 1 x 4 will present a selection of 50 new contemporary art quilts created by artist members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina regions. Each participating fiber artist was responding to an invitation to use their imagination as the door through which to escape the physical constraints of reality with the only requirement being to create an art quilt in a format measuring 1 foot wide by 4 feet high. The display of unique and original art quilts have been selected by juror Maggie Vanderweit, an internationally recognized quilter and SAQA board member. The exhibition features both traditional and experimental materials and textile techniques which include hand dying, surface design, piecing, machine and hand quilting, sewing and embroidery.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: B. J. Adams, Patricia Arndt, Margaret Black, Arlene L. Blackburn, Helen Blumen, Wendy Laurel Buettner, Susan Callahan, Kay Campbell, Holly Cole, Linda Colsh, Sandy Curran, Barbara Dahlberg, Elizabeth Davison, Paula Dean, Kathleen P. Decker, Lana Dragon, Lisa Ellis, Jane Fellows, Ann Flaherty, Julia Gaff, Jayne Bentley Gaskins, Marcy Shapiro George, Ann Graham, Lesly-Claire Greenberg, Margaret Griffiths, Cindy Grisdela, Robin Hamill, Janice Hummel, Catherine Kleeman, Susan J Lapham, Ellen Lindner, Melinda E. Lowy, Janet Marney, Barbara Matthews, Myania Moses, Dominie Nash, Sarah Pavlik, Jenny Perry, Estelle Porter, Susan Price, Mary A. Ritter, Kathleen Rountree, Sheryl E. Sims, Etta Stewart, Linda Strowbridge, Linda Syverson Guild, Betsy True, Janice Walker, Katherine Stewart Wilson, and Dianne Miller Wolman.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Maggie Vanderweit is an internationally recognized fiber artist and educator who has been quilting for almost 40 years. Her contemporary art quilts are created with original, intense surface design utilizing a variety of techniques, often with hand-painted and dyed fabrics she pieces and densely quilts in intricate, free-motion designs. Since 2000, Vanderweit has been operating her business, Stone Threads Fibre Art, from her studio in Ontario Canada. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is in international and national private collections. Vanderweit has presented numerous lectures, retreats and workshops on fiber art and has been published in many books, catalogs and magazines, including Quilting Arts. She is a Professional Member of the Canadian Quilters’ Association (CQA) and a Juried Art Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), where she currently sits on the board.

ABOUT STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt, defined as a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or references this form of stitched layered structure. Through exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, SAQA seeks to increase the public's appreciation for the art quilt and to support members in their artistic and professional growth. During the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of 3,700+ artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world. Learn more:

BlackRock Center for the Arts would like to thank quilt artist and SAQA Representative Helen Blumen for organizing the IMAGINATION: 1 x 4 exhibition and encouraging fiber artists from across the region to participate.

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