According to their website, "a small group of women gathered in 1999 with a vision of a "new" type of quilt exhibit. Back then, topics of spirituality and inspiration were not always understood or welcomed at traditional quilt shows. There was not a "safe" or welcoming venue for quilters who saw their works as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their own spiritual journey. Often the meaning behind the works were missed or misunderstood because the artist did not have the opportunity to share their inspiration with the viewer."
Founder Vikki Pignatelli and other committee members created a dignified exhibit that their artwork would touch all those who viewed it on many levels. Many of their themes then continue today in the artwork: Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood, One word: Amazing!
Now, 20 years later, the beautiful show was held at a beautiful church in Reston, Virginia. My quilt buddies, Trish Rader, Debbi Carter and Deb Hoppe "shuttled" across town to view this wonderful show. So much talent and inspiration oozing from each and every quilt and exhibitor. I was thankful to take it all in, and garnered some new ideas for quilts that continue to percolate in my mind (but haven't made it out yet).
A big shout of Thanks to Misty Cole for setting up our guild's tickets to the show! And below are some of my favorite quilts in the show, including the "Eye Contact Project" (very cool).
Photo below: Trish, Deb, Debbi, Margy Hill and me
|"Eye Contact; creating a connection". 5"X23"|
|Gerrie Congdon, Portland, OR|
Ode to a Tree Can you see the word tree spelled out in a vertical line?
|Linda Waddle, Auburn, CA|
|Diane M. Clapes|
College Park, GA
|A close up of the Eye Contact exhibit; Misty Cole's 'Eyes' are the middle row and are her sister's!|