I had the pleasure of traveling to the southern part of Oregon this last weekend to see two excellent art quilt shows. Both involve artists that are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. The first show was in Medford at the Rogue Gallery. It is a juried show put up by the members of the Oregon and Southern Washington region of SAQA. The show is titled Blending Poetry and Cloth. Each piece is the artist's response to a poem or inspirational quote. Although the individual poems were not included on the wall tags there is a catalog that shows the title of the related poem. There are 45 quilts in the show so there was a lot to enjoy. Here are some views of the gallery and the quilts.
Although there are any wonderful quilts in the show, Mandy Miller's piece Georgia Does Midtown is one of my favorites. It is pictured here on the far right. It was inspired by the poem "Chicago" by Carl Sandberg. It has such great depth and movement.
Another very dynamic quilt is by Anne Daughtry A Painted Ship done after "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.I think you can see the texture and dimension Anne archived with her choice of fabrics.
I am pleased to say the my piece, Rolling In, was also chosen to be a part of the exhibit. Mine was inspired by the poem "The Voice of the Rain" by Walt Whitman.
I was also very pleased and proud that the gallery chose this piece to show a portion of on their postcard and as THE image for their listing of the show on the their 2016 schedule of shows. For as long as I have worked at my craft, it feels good to be finding my voice and earning some recognition.
The second show was the juried international SAQA show Concrete & Grassland at the Grant Pass Museum of Art. Photography was limited at this venue so I just snuck a quickie of my quilt in the show, Rift Valley. It was a satisfying way to spend the weekend with others of similar passion.