The Spring/Summer exhibits at the Texas Quilt Museum are all about colors: in solids, in nature, and in glorious blue and white. They will run March 25-September 18 and are partially sponsored by Reynolds & Associates. Check them out on your way back home.
In Gallery II, AQSG 2018 Quilt Study: Inspired by 200 Years of Solid-Color Quilts 1800-2000 was organized by the non-profit American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Quilt historian Mary Kerr explains, “Every other year the AQSG issues a challenge to its membership to promote quilt study. Working within a specific size range, participants were given the freedom to create an exact replica [or] a partial reproduction, or the new work could simply have been inspired by the vintage piece.”
Guest Curator Vicki Mangum said, “Expertly quilted, these 23 works testify to the diverse cultural and regional distinctions in our country’s quilt history.” (Note: This exhibition closes on June 26, after which we’ll have Flower Show: Antique Quilts from the International Quilt Festival Collection.)
Gallery III will showcase 17 stunning art quilts in Natural Wonders from The Frank Klein Collection.
A Texas rancher and prize-winning nature photographer, Frank has a special eye for artwork featuring themes of living things, as evidenced by these pieces all created in the 21st century.
This exhibit is accompanied by 12 bronze sculptures and one in stainless steel by renowned wildlife sculptor Kent Ullberg, also from The Frank Klein Collection.
Quilts in Sapphire Celebration will be showcased in Gallery I. Quilters have long used shades of blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. The serene, peaceful effects of blue derive from calm bodies of water as well as clear blue skies.
In many cultures, this color is associated with relaxation, but that effect is not at all present in our Sapphire Celebration, where blue plays off against white in a variety of visually exciting compositions. The imagery includes a woman’s portrait, a ballerina, a pot of flowers, a lacy “garden,” a community embroidered in blue, and numerous geometric motifs, from stars to checkerboards. The full version of this exhibit celebrated the 45th anniversary of the International Quilt Festival in Houston and was on display in 2019.
The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St. in La Grange. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org.
Night of the Super Moon (46" x 59") by Laura Fogg
Remnants of War (40.5" x 40.5") by Nancy Ostman
Texas Frio Oak Leaf (79” x 99”) by Phyllis Borton