The Oncenter at 800 S. State Street in Syracuse, New York will be buzzing with quilting excitement July 27-30, 2016 at AQS QuiltWeek! When you go, be sure to see the 313 quilts in these exhibits:
SAQA: People & Portraits
Celebrating the expressiveness of the human face, this exhibit focuses on a variety of emotional states as well as the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work, and play. Based on the companion book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, the exhibition shows two works by each of the book’s 20 featured artists.
AQS Authors’ Showcase
Artistry and craft blend in the AQS Authors’ Showcase with interactive opportunities galore. You’ll see quilts, projects, and demonstrations from AQS authors. The displays feature the latest books from well known authors. Stop by and learn something new!
World Painters Challenge
In 1995, a group of twelve patchwork lovers in various regions of Japan formed the Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild. This group participates in an annual quilt challenge; every few years, the challenge is extended to include other nations.
Their World Painters Challenge began in 2013. A list of 30 world-famous artists was chosen, and that list was given to a group of quilters from Japan, France, and the U.S. One artist was assigned to each of 30 quilters in each nation. Each quilter was challenged to design and execute a piece of fiber art either representing a work of their painter or designed in the style of that painter. This exhibit compares the techniques and styles between the nations in representing the work of each famous painter. This exhibit will be touring the AQS QuiltWeek events in 2016. Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny Steller, became the U.S. coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013.
Painting with Fiber and Thread by Melinda Bula
Melinda Bula, a quilt artist from El Dorado Hills, California, has been sewing since she was a young girl. In love with fabric all her life, Melinda knew when she was sixteen years old that she was going to be an artist. After working for fifteen years as a fabric and wallpaper designer, Melinda and her husband started a hand silk-screened wallpaper and fabric design company, Melinda Bula Designs, which sells products nationwide. Melinda’s wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine as well as other notable publications. A move to the Sacramento area in 1996 inspired her involvement in quilting and wearable arts. Melinda has won numerous awards for artistic quilts and wearable arts using fabric and thread to achieve the look of paintings. She teaches and lectures in the United States and internationally. This exhibit is a 15-year exploration of quilting as Melinda’s art form.
New Quilts From an Old Favorite: New York Beauty from The National Quilt Museum
Besides preserving the past, one of the roles of a museum is to link the past to the present and to the future. With that knowledge at heart, The National Quilt Museum holds an annual contest and exhibit called New Quilts From An Old Favorite. Created to acknowledge our quiltmaking heritage and to recognize innovation, creativity, and excellence, the contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a work of their own design. This year, participants were challenged to make an innovative quilt out of the New York Beauty block. The exhibit is sponsored by Moda Fabrics and Janome America, Inc.
Late Bloomer: Art Quilts by Diane Evans
The entertainer Danny Kaye once said, “Life is a great big canvas. Throw on all the paint that you can.” Diane Evans says, “This philosophy speaks to my heart. Having discovered my passion for quilting relatively late in life, I’ve found my enjoyment in creating art quilts that reflect my love affair with color. The machine-pieced and appliquéd constructions are layered with cotton batting and backing and are then domestic-machine-quilted with rayon threads to add dimension and shine. My muses are mathematics, music, and Mother Nature, and facets of each are apparent in the pieces I produce.”
Jacobean Appliqué: Patricia Campbell Quilts from the Collection of the National Quilt Museum
Patricia Campbell was a quilter and artist known for her unique Jacobean style, use of vibrant colors, and mastery of appliqué techniques. The Jacobean style of quilting which Pat pioneered draws inspiration from 17th century crewel embroidery tapestries that featured fantasy flowers, trees, birds, and other motifs. Pat designed fabric lines, published quilting books and patterns, and taught her appliqué designs and techniques around the world. When asked about her bold color choices, she often joked that “when magenta is your neutral, what else CAN you do?”
Presidential & Patriotic Collection of Sue Reich
Patriotic and presidential quilts have been made to honor our country’s presidents for close to 200 years. This exhibit highlights quilts made with presidential textiles and patterns to commemorate their years in office.
Seasons of CNY – Over the Fence Challenge
The Thumbstall Quilt Guild’s challenge, Over the Fence, will be displayed at the Oncenter during AQS QuiltWeek. The quilts each reflect a season or seasons in Central New York and incorporate a scene as though looking over a fence.
Don’t miss the Row by Row Experience quilt exhibit sponsored by Calico Gals quilt shop, too! Calico Gals in Syracuse is the original home of the Row by Row experience that has spread like wildfire across the USA and Canada!