New England Quilt Museum, February – April 2017

by Allison Wilbur on May 25, 2017

We are not very reliable bloggers, please forgive us! During the period the Water is Life exhibit was on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, we focused on future programming and getting as many visitors as possible to the museum to view the quilts. The exhibit was on display February 15 – April 29, 2017, and was well received by a wide range of visitors. Pam Weeks, the Binney Family Curator at the museum said of the exhibit, “It was interesting to watch our museum visitors take time to study, admire and understand the quilts that are part of the Water is Life exhibit. Many wondered where the artists’ inspirations came from, others marveled at the artistic merit of particular pieces, and others were just wowed by their beautiful delivery of a complicated topic.”

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The artists’ reception was held on March 22 and five of the artists were in attendance: Lynn Miller, Donnette Cooper, Joan Blade Johnson, Cathey LaBonte and Allison Wilbur. The timing of the reception was such that it fell during Women’s Week in Lowell (linked in timing to International Women’s Day on March 8), and this connection drew in several visitors who had never been to the museum before.  In total, more than 60 people attended the opening, which included explanations of their work and inspiration by all five of the attending quilters.

Cathey LaBonte and Ancestral Rice Growing

Cathey LaBonte and Ancestral Rice Growing

Lynn Miller with Yearning for Water

Lynn Miller with Yearning for Water

Donnette Cooper with River Mumma

Donnette Cooper with River Mumma

 

 

Joan Blade Johnson and Seeking Water

Joan Blade Johnson and Seeking Water

Allison Wilbur of Quilt for Change

Allison Wilbur of Quilt for Change

Allison gave the opening remarks, which are linked here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) state groups (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) met in the gallery on March 22 for their quarterly meeting.  Twenty-eight of the 40 artists in Water is Life are members of SAQA and so it was fitting to hold the regional meeting surrounded by the moving art work.

SAQA regional groups meet at the New England Quilt Museum

SAQA regional groups meet at the New England Quilt Museum

On April 6, Allison Wilbur presented a Brown Bag lunch lecture on Machine Quilting Art Quilts. On the same day, the museum director, Nora Burchfield, led a group of high level visitors through the gallery.

State Senators and Lowell officials visit the New England Quilt Museum

State Senators and Lowell officials visit the New England Quilt Museum

All in all, a wide range of visitors have spent a great deal of time with the exhibit. It’s next venue will be the World Quilt Festival in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 18- 20, and we are in discussion with a university in New Jersey and a museum in Minnesota for follow-on shows.

 

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