ABOUT THE TEXAS QUILT MUSEUM
The Texas Quilt Museum is housed in two historic 1890s buildings, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art with their high ceilings, brick walls, and original hardwood floors.
Home for the Museum, a 501(c)(3) entity, is the picturesque Central Texas town of La Grange, located on the winding Colorado River between two major highways. It’s an easy drive from the state’s major cities and airline hubs.
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June 22nd, 2016
Quilt journalist and editor Ryoko Kobayashi from Tokyo, Japan in front of the quilt “My Friends Made Me Do It AKA Starlight Garden” by Betty Brister.
Summer exhibits bring the heat of creativity!
For its next installation of exhibits, the Texas Quilt Museum is going on the fringe, staying in the square of tradition, and taking a little wild trip with its three new collections. They will be on display from June 30-September 25, 2016.
“On the Fringe: Innovative Art Quilts from California and Nevada” features 20 art quilts by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in those regions. The works represent the unique character of the west coast in a variety of diverse materials, subjects, and surface design techniques.
Enso II by Rickie Seifried. From the exhibit "On the Fringe."Connotations of “fringe” include areas on and near the Pacific Rim, looking toward Asia; the geography and topography of California and Nevada as western limits of the continental United States; and, artists pushing the boundaries of their medium.
“This exhibition exemplifies some of the more interesting work being done today by SAQA members,” says Museum Curator Dr. Sandra Sider, who also juried this exhibit.
“Animal Instincts by Annie Helmericks-Louder” showcases 11 quilts by Louder, and gives voice to her concerns about the environment and humanity’s stewardship of the earth through quilted depictions of animals and their world. Her techniques include drawing with dye pens, raw-edge collage, embroidery, and beading. Helmericks-Louder enjoys the meditative process of hand stitching, using machine stitching to help maintain the integrity of her rather dense pieces.
Side by Side: The Dinner Guest by Annie Helmericks-Louder. From the “Animal Instincts” exhibit.While the topics in her art can be serious, she does often use humor to focus on the relationships between people and animals. She developed the Outlaw Animal series during two years of camping with her husband throughout the Southwest and seeing “varmints” including armadillos, jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, and skunks.
In her Side By Side series, she celebrates the animal visitors to her rural home and their essential dignity within her world view. According to Dr. Sider, “This visionary artist expresses her serious environ-mental concerns in colorful art quilts that both inform and entertain.”
Finally, “Ruby Jubilee” includes 21 red-and-white quilts that were previously on display in 2014 to celebrate the 40th - or “ruby”- anniversary of the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Hanging from the ceiling, they created quite an impact. It was inspired by the “Infinite Variety” exhibit which was shown in 2011 in New York. Red Star by Gerrie Thompson. From the “Ruby Jubilee” exhibit.
Museum co-founder Karey Bresenhan will give a talk on the Ruby Jubilee exhibit on July 9, 3 p.m. Free admission begins at 2 p.m. Also, Curator Dr. Sandra Sider will give a lecture “Contemporary Quilt Art in U.S. Museums: Is There a Trend?” on Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. Free admission begins at 2 p.m.
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