You can’t touch the quilts hanging on the walls, but you can interact with the exhibit through one of several gallery talks, presentations and workshops. Quilt Art: International Expressions, at the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., through December 31 in the Fred Beans Gallery, is sponsored by Barbara Fighera Harrison and Sew Smart, with additional sponsorship from Mancuso Show Management.
Quilt Art is a group of contemporary fiber artists from nine European countries at the forefront of contemporary and innovative textile art. Their techniques range from traditional to modern, reflecting their home countries’ culture, geography and design tradition. Whether composing landscapes, still lifes, geometric constructions or abstract juxtapositions of color and form, these artists may dye their own fabric or use a rusty nail to print on it. They may piece together strips of found material, make use of photo transfers or stencils, and even “draw” with colored thread on white backing. Fabric may come from a maid’s apron or nurse’s scrubs, reflecting on the history of women’s work.
Founded in Britain in 1985, Quilt Art has sought to extend the boundaries of the quilt as an art form and to achieve wider recognition for its member artists. This exhibition of 40 quilts brings together 24 contemporary quilt artists from nine countries, including the U.K., Belgium, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Hungary and the U.S.
Quilt Art: International Expressions was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Quilt Art.
Special programming for Quilt Art: International Expressions:
Special Presentations featuring Contemporary Quilt Makers and Historical Traditions
Ann and Herman Silverman Pavilion
Fee for each program: $10 per member/$20 per non-member, includes museum admission. Seating limited; advance registration required. Please call 215-340-9800, or visit www.michenerartmuseum.org. Discounted group tours are available and can be combined with a program, call 215-340-9800, ext. 124 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 7, 1 to 2 pm
“My Journey into Quilting”
Friday, October 28, 1 to 2 pm
Amish Women and Their Quilts
By Rachel Thomas Pellman, quiltmaker, author and lecturer
Friday, November 11, 1-2 pm
Friday, December 16, 1 to 2 pm
Quilt Making Workshop – please note location
Workshop: “Star Techniques”
Presenter: Barbara Harrison, quiltmaker
Friday, November 4, 1 to 3 pm
Fee: $15 per member/$20 per non-member
Registration limited; advance registration required.
Location: Byrne Sewing Connection, 422 East Butler Avenue, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm;
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission: Members and children under 6, free; adults $12.50; seniors $11.50; college student with valid ID $9.50; ages 6-18 $6; under 6 free. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.