Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Exhibits.. Tales from the Festival Part 3

Posted by Strlady at 10:21 AM
Finally we got to the Exhibits. I tried to grab the artist's name for all the quilts I took pictures of but I missed a few so if you recognize the artist behind the pieces please let me know so I can give appropriate credit.

If you have never been to the festival the display of quilts will be something different than what you would typically see at most quilt shows. The quilts are groups by exhibit category and there are ALOT of them. The lighting is low and since it's away from the vendors the area is quiet. It gives you a feel of being in a museum.

Since you don't want to miss any of the quilts you have to have a plan on how to tackle such a large area. So we took a moment to think about the layout and after we narrowed down how to walk the hall so we wouldn't miss anything we headed out.

I gave you a glimpse of a few of the pieces we saw but here are the most impressive ones, IMO.

Medea Escaping by Marilyn Belford

The fiery dragon on this one left me floored. We were actually looking at another exhibit and when we looked across the aisle there was this magnificient piece. You can see a close up of the dragon on my first post.

Incommunicato by Esterita Austin

This one seemed to just want to jump off the wall. It's a reflexion of something so mundane yet she was able to develop it in textile art.

The Man from Snowy River by Helen Godden

Another one that I just love. The Man from Snowy River is a favorite oldie for me and the scene where he jumps off the ridge with his horse the best part of the movie! You can see a close up of the center on my first post.

The Moment of Inspiration by Sandy Curran

I hadn't noticed Alfred Hitchcock in the quilt until my daughter pointed him out since I was watching the seaguls. The Birds was one of the first horror movies I ever watched so this one resonated with me,

The Pittsburgh Friendship Quilt was amazing. It's made from over 32,000 - 2.25" signature squares. It's divided into 21 panels and spans over 80 feet wide.

Here's a close up.

More jaw dropping pieces:

Zodiac by Marth Brown

The Zodiac is completely represented including the elements of Earth, Wind, Water and Fire at each corner. Not impressed yet?

Get a closer look at Leo

Woman of Color by Grace Errea

Motherhood III by Martha Brown

I admit that most of the outstanding pieces were more on the artsy side. I'm a more traditional quilter so I was a bit disappointed that there were not as many pieced quilts recognized but that is the nature of this show. I still caught a glimpse of a few that impressed me.

My Challenge by Vicki Jenkin

Father's Whistle by Chung Su Lee

Mild Spring by Kayto Hata

Encompassing by Corrine Vance

Loved this one but I didn't get the name of the artist.

Check out the detail on the stars.. They were TINY!!! Oh, and that border was pieced!

I always find this show to be very well organized. I guess after 35 years you get to know what works and what doesn't. The Show was wonderful and I look forward to going again now that I'm just a drive away. I'm trying to convince Brenda to come for Market (the wholesale version of the Festival) next year since I hear it's quite an experience. I wonder if the Quilt ehibits are up for Market? Anyone know?

Okay.. I think that is enough for now. I'm wrapping things up tomorrow with my stash enhancement and an update of what I've been doing. The month is just slipping by and I need to get cracking with my Charming Girl projects!

2 comments on "The Exhibits.. Tales from the Festival Part 3"

Brenda on October 20, 2009 at 9:05 PM said...

I'm speechless...and you know how hard that is, LOL!

MOMENTS Designs on October 26, 2009 at 12:20 PM said...

Thank you for posting pictures of the Festival. I live in Germany so you could say my chances of ever going to the festival are pretty slim ( but do buy a lottery ticket every once in a while...a girl has to have hope:-)
Your pictures blow me away!
It seems that most quilts are works of art ...WOW!! I couldn't even fantasy anything that amazing!
Thanks for sharing :-)


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