Nearly everyone remembers sleeping under a quilt made by their mother or grandmother, and many of those quilts were made from time-honored traditional quilt designs. Today’s quiltmakers take those designs as departure points for works that are often inspired by nature, personal or world events. May 31 through August 11, 2013, the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) is delighted to present three quilt exhibits that showcase the breadth of work quilters are producing today.
Quilt National: 2011 is an exhibit of 25 selected works from as close as Miami and as far away as Australia. These are not your grandmother’s quilts!
Since its inception in 1978, Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quilt making as what it always has been — an art form.
The works in Quilt National display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, these artists are intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quilt making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement.
Selections for this exhibition were made from over 1000 entries from 46 states and 22 foreign countries. Local support for this exhibit is provided by Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe & Bright House Networks.
Betty Busby, a quilter from New Mexico, takes magnified patterns from the cellular world to give sight to the unseen. Her quilt exhibit entitled Betty Busby: Unseen featuring 18 macro takes on microscopic worlds, runs concurrently in DFAC’s Douglas-Whitley Gallery.
Betty Busby graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in Ceramics. She founded and operated a ceramic tile manufacturing firm in Los Angeles and sold it after 18 successful years before moving to New Mexico. She is an award-winning quilter who currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. A published fiber artist and teacher, Betty maintains a busy national and international exhibition schedule.
In addition to her exhibition, Ms. Busby will be doing an gallery talk at 6:00 pm on May 31 and a two day workshop on Multi-Media Quilting on June 1&2.
The third exhibit features a challenge from IQ quilters. They chose “Masterpieces” to challenge themselves to come up with their interpretations of art masterpieces in fabric. Their exhibit, Masterpieces: IQ Quilters inhabits the Meta Brown Gallery through August 11. In addition to the challenge exhibition, IQ Quilters have each donated small quilts to be auctioned in a silent auction format that will run throughout the exhibition. Proceeds will benefit educational programs at DFAC.
Admission for these quilt exhibits is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors/students and $3 for children under 12. Group rates for six or more are available by calling DFAC.
- Quilt National: 2011
- Betty Busby: Unseen
- Masterpieces: IQ Quilters
- Small Quilt Silent Auction
May 31 through August 11, 2013