Thursday, May 5, 2016

Art Quilt Exhibit at NEQM

Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art from the Texas Quilt Museum 
May 4 through July 10, 2016

The 26 original art quilts selected for this touring exhibition by the Texas Quilt Museum’s curator, Dr. Sandra Sider, represent the best of some of today's most innovative American artists working in the medium. 

 Dancing Butterflies, Grace J. Errea, Laguna Niguel, CA

"This exhibit shows how modern artists are reworking quiltmaking, contributing new techniques, processes, and concepts to the historical continuum of quilts," explains Dr. Sider. Included are "numerous representational works, such as photographic imagery on fabric and delicate thread painting that delineate nuances of color and line. More abstract designs suggest the surge and lift of flight, as well as symbolic interpretations of the butterfly motif: metamorphosis, transformation, and rebirth."

To complement these extraordinary art quilts, the New England Quilt Museum will display antique quilts with butterfly motifs from it's permanent collection. The public is invited to attend the Curator's Reception and Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 am. On Thursday, June 2 at 12:30 pm, the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust will offer a Brown Bag lecture at the Museum on "Butterflies in Nature." These programs are free to members and included in the price of admission for non-members.

Mariposa by Nancy Turbitt

Local SAQA member Nancy Turbitt will be speaking during the Gallery Talk on May 7 about her inspiration and briefly about the process of creating her piece, Mariposa, for the exhibit. The New England Quilt Museum is located at 18 Shattuck St. Lowell, MA. 

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