I’m very pleased to say that I had 2 quilts accepted in the Sacred Threads Exhibit to be held in the Washington DC area
June 22 – July 4, 2011.
Church of the Epiphany
3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, Virginia
Sacred Threads is an exhibition of
quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.
The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.
-from the Sacred Threads Website
The Quilts that were accepted:
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27” w x 67”
In order to heal, one must acknowledge all of the scary and ugly elements in a life. Feelings of being censored, judged, mistreated, abused and misunderstood were the driving force in the beginning of this piece.
There was grief in mourning parts of myself robbed of me; elements of “self” that can never be recovered.
After a period of time, I found elements of positivity: The realization that One can stitch the torn pieces of the self together again. I used a lot of symbolism throughout the piece that I leave to the viewer to interpret in her own way.
Letting Go (Healing Category)
14.25” w x 25” h
I painted the center panel after a hurtful argument with my daughter when she was thirteen years old. I was having a very hard time coming to terms with her growing up. We were always so close and she was starting to hide things from me. She began defying me. I took it very personally.
As I continued to work this piece into a quilt, I explored memories and my feelings as a mother and her point of view as a young teenager. It was a therapeutic exercise in healing and accepting that my little girl was just growing up.
Other Art Quilters who will be exhibiting in this show
note: I had a uploading issue today and some of the names are not linked properly. Sorry! I will fix this problem on Tuesday 5/3.Jeanette Thompson Wen Redmond – Chasing Color Kate Themel – After the Wake / Lemme See! Mary Pal – Musing Meena Schaldenbrand – Savor Every Second Mary Beth Frezon – 36 Judy Momenzadeh – Jars of Clay Cheryl Lynch Laurie Ceesay – Venus Rising: Out of Addiction Deborah Spincic – Continue / Temporary Deborah Stanley – Apple Tree of Trees Linda Edkins Wyatt – Eye of Panic / Antahkarana Carol Howard Donati – Wine and Bread Linda Miller Jamie Fingal – Spilling Over Judith Heyward – Imagine Barbara Curiel – Fall Madonna Marilyn Wall – A New Beginning
Sacred Threads is unique in a few ways:
- The Artist’s Statement about the quilt is displayed with the quilt allowing the artist to express the inspiration for the work.
- Viewers at the exhibit are given note cards to write responses to the artist about their quilts and the note cards are mailed to the artist after the show closes.
- This is an exhibit where quilts that don’t usually have a suitable venue fit in beautifully.
The 2009 Exhibit In Ohio
In the fall of 2008, prison Chaplain Jami Burns formed a new activity group at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, OH which provided the participating inmates with an opportunity to express their life’s journey through quilting. Many of these women have never quilted before but their works give voice to powerful emotions and deep faith…
I was honored to have quilts in the 2009 Ohio exhibit when I was just starting out entering art quilts into shows. See Earlier Works : Kodachrome and Immortality.
My family went to Ohio for the weekend to attend that show. It was a moving experience to say the least. If you are in the Washington DC area, check it out!
Thanks for visiting!