Learning through the Lens of Quilts: Featured Exhibits & Events

3 Community-Based Events Support Interests & Education Through the Lens of Quilting

Karen Pratt Exhibit
BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary
September 2016

The BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary is proud to present the Karen Pratt Exhibit, which features the work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt during the month of September. Each year, Hoffman California Fabrics hosts a world-wide quilting contest. The quilt collection on display represents a chronological journey of Pratt’s entries into the Hoffman Challenge, which she has participated in since 1997 and uses to challenge herself as an artist. The exhibit supports the work of a local artist while introducing textiles as a distinct and practical form of art. The exhibit will be on view throughout the month of September 2016 at the BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Unbound: New Work by Esther S. White and Jamie Williams
ECA+ Gallery
September 6, 2016 through September 27, 2016

Local artists Esther S. White and Jamie Williams present their textile, fiber and mixed media works in this unique exhibit. Unbound: New Work at the ECA+ Gallery presents the fiber-based creations of White and Williams side-by-side. White transforms blank lengths of fabric into tangibly complex textile works while Williams creates embroidered hooped canvases using a highly-focused and deliberate process, simultaneously reflecting on themes of anxiety and uncertainty. Both artists explore pattern and abstraction, constantly pushing the boundaries between fine arts and decorative media. In her piece, Williams punctuates bright and busy fields of color with areas of quietude, filling them with neatly-ordered, geometric and traditional patterns of ornamentation that suggest a blank spreadsheet or the pattern of the underlying canvas itself. In Esther’s quilts, opposing forces clash, creating beautiful secondary patterns where they intersect. In “A Measured Routine,” White joins a hand-painted motif with a screen printed one, then irreversibly binds them to one another with a machine-stitched pattern. For White, this process mirrors her experience of motherhood – the constant need to start over, the decisions which cannot be undone – leading to the beautiful results that follow. Viewers will marvel at the intricacies of the artists’ work and the use of textiles as a distinct art form. The exhibit will be on view from September 6, 2016 through September 27, 2016 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall. 413-529-1425. 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Harvest of Quilts
Hancock Shaker Village
September 23-25, 2016

The Hancock Shaker Village in Berkshire County has a special exhibit up through October 30, 2016: Living Designs & Shared Values: Highlights from the Jane P. Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection. This exhibit features 25 handmade quilts from Fitzpatrick’s personal quilt collection.  “Jane’s philosophy of women and work, especially the needle arts that, historically, were a source of income and esteem for women. Jane’s quilts are colorful and fun — clearly she loved textiles and believed in providing women with a source of income from their sewing and needlework.”  A great time to see this exhibit is during the opening of Harvest of Quilts on Friday, September 23rd from 10am-5pm. The show will also be on display during the HSV’s annual Country Fair, September 24 and 25, from 10am-5pm. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188 1843. West Housatonic St., Pittsfield MA (Museum Admission)


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