April 17 through July 6, 2014 CHARMED Every Piece Is Different
Meet the Collector, Pat L. Nickols ~ Thursday, April 17 at 1:30 pm Curator's Reception and Gallery Talk with Pat L. Nickols ~ Saturday, April 19 at 1 pm
The New England Quilt Museum is the only East Coast venue to exhibit this impressive selection of charm quilts from the Pat L. Nickols Collection at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California.
Over the last 30 years, Nickols has amassed a wondrous collection of mostly American quilts from various parts of the country. The charm quilts gathered for this exhibition are composed of elaborate geometric patterns in which every piece of fabric is different. This style of quilt making is attributed to the eastern U.S. in the late 1860s, but enjoyed widespread popularity in the 1870s and 1880s.
Quilt makers of this era often had collections of fabric left over from dressmaking and would trade with one another in order to gather unique samples. They enjoyed the challenge of constructing a quilt that used all of these different fabrics to create a displayable, as well as useable, object--the Charm Quilt.
On View in the Classroom Gallery April 23 through May 31, 2014 Picture Perfect: Photographs in Quilts
The Life and Times of Haruo Sazaki by Pixeladies
Photographic images have been transferred to fabric and stitched into quilts since the 1870s. The exhibit, Picture Perfect, will document this early history with the inclusion of quilts containing photographs transferred to silk, and cyanotypes from the 1880s. Currently, many quilt artists are using cameras and computers to create images that are printed on fabric, and then manipulated with quilting or embroidery stitches, thus enhancing the images. Picture Perfect will feature fifteen to twenty quilts ranging in date from 1880 to 2013, with many dated in between, showing the development of the current technology.
This exhibition is curated by Pamela Weeks in celebration of Lowell Photography Weekend. MORE INFO
2014 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE FOR THE MAIN GALLERIES:
January 16 - April 12 QUILT JAPAN The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
April 17 - July 6 CHARMED Every Piece Is Different
July 10 - October 5 DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM Rhode Island Quilts
October 9 - December 31 HUMOROUS QUILTS Keeping Us In Stitches
2014 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE FOR THE CLASSROOM GALLERY:
January 22 - March 22 Embellishments Constructing Victorian Detail
April 23 - May 31 Picture Perfect Images on Quilts
June 2 - July 31 Contemporary Masters
August 1 - October 25 Revival Quilts inspired by the Colonial Revival
The New England Quilt Museum is supported in part by a grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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