The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s first city-wide quilt show is here! The Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories (February 28 – April 25, 2014) will feature an array of 40 textiles by contemporary artists and quilters. We were just amazed at the details of traditional and contemporary quilting techniques and their application to creative expression. We’ll also be highlighting a special quilt created by the second graders at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) in Germantown. Working with Sarah Bond, master quilter and MAAG member, as well as art and science teachers at PSD, Bond and MAAG orchestrated a communal quilt project that allowed the children, who are studying Weather Cycles, to express their understanding of science projects in a creative way. This finished quilt will be on exhibition at the Quilt Show in addition to a quilt specially made for the show, by 21 artists, belonging to the MAAG Quilt Club.
We also want to thank all of the participating artists, both emerging and professional, who are making our first city-wide Quilt Show at the Mt. Art Garage one that will be memorable and take your breath away. We have blended traditional quilts, modern quilts, and art quilts into an incredible collection of artistic expression. Artists include: Lydia Allen-Berry, Evon Bennett, Sarah Bond, Marcellette Ellison, Kathleen Grandis, Maryellen Gryzewicz, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Libby Harman, Andrew Joslyn, Chrisitiane Meunier, Janet Meyers, Tricia Patton Scott, Ruth Penning, Sheila Randall, Carolyn Rahe, Janet Sampson, Jill Stafford, Gail Tower, Diana Trout, Karoline Wallace, and Monica Wolfe.
So join us Finally Friday, Feb. 28, 6 pm at 11 West Mt Airy Avenue for our opening reception and a evening of celebration. Admission is free.
March 9th, as part of the Quilt Show and International Women’s Day, we will host a community discussion titled “Ain’t I An Artist?” with distinguished women in the fields of art and material culture, including Sarah Bond (quilter), Diana Trout (mixed media and needlecraft artist), Carol Loeffler (Professor, Arcadia University, fiber artist), Elena Dilapi (Tailler Puertorriqueno, former head of U Penn’s Women’s Center for 23 years), and Heather Ujiie (Professor, Moore College, textile artist). This event will address the role of art forms traditionally associated with women’s work, in this case quilt art and needlecraft, and the place they occupy in the sphere of fine art. The panel will also provide a community forum for the continuing discussion of the role women play in enriching visual culture, both locally and internationally. The panel will occur on Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm at MAAG. Admission $10.
And we’re not forgetting the 21 members of the MAAG Quilt Club who made this extra special quilt, with a whole lot of love and artistry: Neleta Alexander, Debbie Allen, Evon Bennett, Sarah Bond, Beth Castiglione, Penny Colgan-Davis, Sheila Colson, Jo Countley, Judy Grant, Maryellen Gryzewicz, Winnie Jenkins, Janet Meyers, Christiane Meunier, Renee Norris-Jones, Ruth Penning, Sheila Randall, Delphine Simpson, Rosemarie Stewart, Melvina Taylor, Cynthia Watson, Elyse Wayns.
Please join us for a series of events that are sure to beat the winter doldrums and make your heart soar. You can find out more at www.mtairyartgarage.org, join us on Facebook and Twitter, or call 215.242.5074