Out of Darkness
Bent Needle Collective
July 31 - October 27, 2019
Out of Darkness is an exhibit of bold, colorful art quilts and textiles that follow the theme of
emerging from a period of darkness. The three artists of the Bent Needle Collective- Carol Nilsen, Deborah Weir, and Susan Willen- have created a collection of pieces that play with their own personal journeys and talents, but that all flow into one universal story of recovery, optimism, and hope for the future.
By focusing on new directions to take their work, the Bent Needle Collective hopes to challenge and inspire viewers to use fiber arts as a vehicle for expressing things in uniquely personal, tactile ways.
Convergence in Cloth
Studio Art Quilt Association
June 26 - September 29, 2019
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.
Break the Rules
Art Quilters Group Challenge
Fidalgo Island Quilters
July 31 - September 1, 2019
Quilting as a craft and an art form has a lot of “rules.” Rules that dictate how a proper quilt should be designed, constructed, and how the final product should look. While these rules have helped quilts to become the iconic art form they are today, some rules were just made to be broken!
The “Break the Rules” Challenge by the Fidalgo Island Quilters Art Group may seem simple on the surface- simply go against a “rule” of quilting in the creation of your piece- but the members who took this challenge pushed it to its limits by breaking as many rules as they could! Each piece is truly one of a kind, and ranges from the subtly rule bending to the full-on rebellious. Each quilt plays with color, texture, construction, design, or materials in unique ways to reach an effect that wouldn’t be possible had the artist stuck to the tried-and-true rules of quilting.
Art Quilters Members in Exhibit:
Quilts by Kitty Pippen
June 26 - July 28, 2019
Extended to August 1, 2019!
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.