Bonus Exhibit in Athens, Ohio

In addition to taking in Quilt National 2015 on our recent jaunt to Athens, Ohio, my friend and I stopped by the Kennedy Museum of Art to view SAQA’s Earth Stories traveling exhibit. This is a small (24 quilts) but choice group of art quilts chosen for SAQA’s 25th anniversary.

After winding our way up a hill that overlooks the Hocking River we found the museum to be a large red brick Victorian mansion the Munsters would be happy to call home.

KennedyMuseum_OhioUnivEarth Stories is spread over two floors, but we took advantage of the elevator to save our breath for oohs and ahs as we studied the pieces.

Here are our favorites.

Source of Life In The Dead Sea20150812_103942_resizedGreat color and movement in this piece about extracting salt from the Dead Sea.

Cynthia St. Charles20150812_103314_resizedWe liked how the swirling quilting gave movement to those windmills.Cooking With The Sun Jennifer Day

20150812_10460020150812_104636While the composition of this one is somewhat pedestrian, the thread painting on the individual panels is amazing.

Upstream DownstreamWe were amused at the crocheted doilies used in the panel on the left.

AliciaMerrett_Habitat-Species++Alicia Merrett does maps brilliantly, as shown in Habitats: species.

EARTH-HawkinsP_ForestsEnigma_full_lgSince I just missed a forest fire at Glacier National Park, Patty Hawkins’ depiction of life returning to a burned out area (Enigma of Forest Fires) struck a chord with me.

Here’s a link to thumbnail photos of all 24 quilts. If you click on one you’ll be treated to a much larger photo. The exhibit will make the following stops after it leaves Athens on September 6:

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, November 6, 2015, through February 28, 2016
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV June 25, 2016, through October 2, 2016
Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA January 20, 2017, through June 11, 2017

Why see it in person when you can see it online? The photos cannot do justice to the subtleties of coloring and quilting. If you tour the exhibit with a friend you can have some lovely chats about what impresses you and how the artist achieved her effects.




Filed under Art quilts, Quilt Shows

4 responses to “Bonus Exhibit in Athens, Ohio

  1. Pam

    We have very few textile exhibits here so I truly appreciate everyone who shares what they see on their travels. It looks like this is a well-curated exhibit with a wide range of styles. Thanks!

    • I have been known to time a vacation around a quilt exhibit. Since I rarely make traditional quilts I make it a point to take in any art quilt exhibits. I can usually see many lovely traditional quilts at local shows.

  2. A bonus exhibit, indeed! I really like the windmill quilt!

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