Fall exhibits at Texas Quilt Museum feature stunning antique-inspired and contemporary art quilts
The Texas Quilt Museum continues its mission of showcasing innovative and unique quilt displays and collections with two exhibits. One features choice quilts from a famous collection, and the other spotlights a well-known quilting name. They will be on display Oct. 1-Dec. 20.
“Contemporary Quilt Art from the Marbaum Collection” will feature 41 studio art quilts – dating from 1984-2008 – from the private collection of Hilary and Marvin Fletcher. The couple largely acquired the works from entries in the prestigious Quilt National competition. Hilary Fletcher served as their Project Director from 1982 until her passing in 2006.
The collection’s title honors the name of both of the couple’s fathers “Marrowitz” and “Feingenbaum.” They began to collect quilts in 1985 to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. The Marbaum quilts will be on view in Galleries I and III.
Above: Autumn in Ohio by Noriko Endo. From the Marbaum Collection.
Gallery II will feature 10 quilts from Texas quilter and teacher Cynthia Collier in “Cynthia Collier: Transformed by Tradition.”
For three decades, she has focused on exploring Baltimore Album appliqué, as well as placing her own unique stamp on making quilts in that style from the 1840s, as well as meticulously pieced medallion styles of the 1830s.
Experimenting with vibrant contemporary fabrics, Collier honors the rich history of quilting tradition with a 21st-century emphasis.
Collier will give a free Gallery talk on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m., with Museum admission free beginning at 2 p.m.
To Left: Cynthia Collier examines one of her Baltimore Album-style quilts.
Teresa Wong will give a free lecture on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. on the history of Japanese quilts. The lecture and PowerPoint presentation will highlight the fascinating story from her new book, Japanese Contemporary Quilters and Quilts: The Story of an American Import. Museum admission is free beginning at 2 p.m.
Forty years ago, Japanese quiltmakers were heavily influenced by American quilts and quilters. Today, there are two to three million quilters in Japan, making it the second largest concentration of quilters outside the U.S. Wong’s lecture will take visitors through this remarkable transformation and explain how it took place.
In 2014, Wong was named the first Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Foundation Scholar by the Bybee Foundation and the Texas Museum. The honor was awarded in recognition of her research on Japanese quilts in conjunction with her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rice University.
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