January 15 – March 13, 2011
This exhibit, which features small-format art quilts, celebrates holidays of all kinds. Curated by internationally-known contemporary quilt artist Judith Trager, the Longmont Museum is the opening venue for this show, which will then travel nationally. Fifty-seven artists are represented in this invitational exhibition.
Holidays and celebrations have many different meanings to different people, and the quilts on exhibit reflect those varied perspectives. Traditional holidays like the 4th of July, Halloween and Mother’s Day, are represented with colorful quilts of all kinds. The exhibit also reflects the many holidays that other cultures have brought to America, from Chinese New Year and Virgin of Guadelupe Day, to Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, and Vaishaka Day, the Festival of the Buddha. Perhaps the most emotional category of quilts honor personal celebrations –a quilt about coming out, a 50th wedding anniversary, and of course, Elvis’s birthday.
The artists who created these contemporary quilts took full advantage of the freedom of modern textile art, to dramatic effect. Use of digital printing, unusual materials, and three-dimensional effects all play off the celebratory theme of the exhibit.