Friday, September 9, 2011

APWQ Show, Tacoma

This quilt is Moon Dance by Mary Goodson of Silverton, Oregon. It was in the special exhibit by the Columbia FiberArts Guild entitled "Knotted, Dyed, Tied and Stitched" at the Association of Pacific WestQuilters show in Tacoma last month. I am particularly drawn to texture in quilts so these artworks were among my favourites. The exhibit featured a wide range of original two- and three-dimensional fiber art created by artists from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Their exhibit really drew me in, making me want a closer look at each piece. The texture was amazing!

There were several other special exhibits that showcased a variety of styles:
  • The Regional Featured Artist was Sally Collins, an award-winning quilter who is best known for her intricately-pieced miniature quilts. It was nice to see a large group of her pieces at one time.
  • Another special exhibit celebrated the life of Judy Hopkins and showed quilts from Judy's books, some made by Judy herself and some by her friends. I learned some wonderful technique from Judy's books and have several on my bookshelf.
  • A special feature for the APWQ is their travelling exhibits. This year's exibit is Sprit of the West and includes 27 quilts by members of the organization. These quilts will travel for one year to museums and quilt shows. Perhaps it will travel to a show near you and you can see how these artists interpreted the theme.
Of course there were the competition quilts, the vendors and some interesting things to see in Tacoma. More reports coming!
One award is presented following the show, though. It is the Viewers' Choice Award which was presented to Diane Johnson of Pahrump, Nevada for her quilt, Northwest Passage.
Congratulations Diane!


Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love the quilts!!!! I am speechless! What to say! Congratulations! It's so nice to find quilters from the other side of the world!
Have a nice day!

Daphne Greig said...

Hello! How nice that you've sent a note from Finland. Nice to meet you too. Would love to see some work from quilters in your country.