Works of Our Hands
San Juan County Textile Guild
May 8 - July 28, 2019
The San Juan County Textile Guild (SJCTG) began in the 1970s when a few like-minded weavers, spinners, knitters, quilters, basket makers, felt makers, and dyers gathered informally to share with, learn from, and encourage each other. In 1979, they originated a “Sheep to Shawl” event at the San Juan County Fair, where members sheared a sheep, carded the wool, spun the yarn, and wove a shawl which was then raffled to spectators. This event later became competitive, with groups of weavers and spinners from each of the islands competing with each other for the fastest completion of their shawl. In 1991, the group formalized, acquiring non-profit status. Currently, membership is 103. We welcome new members from San Juan County and beyond.
The San Juan Islands are a natural treasure, widely diverse and inspiring. The pieces you see in this exhibition, including one winner of the Sheep to Shawl event, show many facets of our community of fiber artists, some professional, some hobbyists, all enthusiastic, who call these islands “home.” We named this exhibit “Work of Our Hands,” because without beautiful and meaningful work for our hands to anchor us in our lives, we would be adrift. We trust you will enjoy viewing some of the best work created by our members during the past few decades.
Convergence in Cloth
Studio Art Quilt Association
June 26 - September 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, June 29, 3-5pm
In an arc along the western shores of North America to the archipelago of Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific Ocean is a source of life and livelihood. Yet threats to the Pacific ecosystem are growing. These perils challenge our perception of the ocean as limitless bounty. Overfishing and global warming threaten not just oceanic life, but the human communities that depend on it. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch draws in waste material from across the ocean, including coastal waters of Canada and the United States. The ocean knows no boundary. The convergence of these ecosystem issues requires communities and governments to also converge in finding solutions.
Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth focuses on the current state of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem, its marvelous natural diversity, and the human activities that both sustain and threaten oceanic life. Whether one lives on the ocean or in the interior, the Pacific touches many lives and economies. As residents of this greater North Pacific region, artists share personal narratives and statements about what exists, current threats, and needed actions. The exhibit includes a representative range of North Pacific mainland and island habitats and issues. The selected works may focus solely on one area of flora, fauna, geology, oceanography and human activity, or may combine them. Subject matter may be inspired by sources as personal as vacations or fact-based as current scientific research. Through the variety of artistic styles and viewpoints from realism to abstraction, Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth will delight and challenge viewers to assess their own perceptions regarding the interplay of oceanic and human communities.
Quilts by Kitty Pippen
June 26 - July 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, June 29, 3-5pm
Kitty Pippen was quilting “royalty.” She was renowned for her use of Japanese fabrics and techniques in her quilts. Her unique sense of color, design and texture were remarkable. Our quilting community was overjoyed when both Kitty and her daughter, Sylvia, moved to La Conner in 2014.
It was always a treat to be around this diminutive lady with sparkling eyes and hear her talk about her travels, tell how she developed a certain pattern, or brag about her daughter’s beautiful sashiko patterns.
Kitty Pippen’s first exhibit here, Quilts with a Japanese Flair, was curated by the Museum’s founder, Rita Hupy, in 2002. Quilting with Japanese Fabrics was her second exhibit in 2015. Kitty passed away in August, 2018. This exhibit, Remembering Kitty, honors her legacy and irreplaceable presence in our quilt and fiber arts community.
All exhibit pieces were loaned by Sylvia Pippen.