Don't Fence Me in Quilt Exhibit
March 22 - May 18, 2008
The American West and quilts have always gone together – but never quite like this. The Longmont Museum is proud to present Don’t Fence Me In: Contemporary Quilts, from March 22 to May 18, 2008. These contemporary quilts by two quilting groups, northern Colorado’s the Piecemakers, and Denver-based Quilt Explorations, take a decidedly modern look at the icons of the West.
Sixty-five quilts appear in this show, each of which tells, in its own way, a story of the West. They are two feet square or two feet by three feet, yet they pack a great deal into this small space. Some explore themes of abandonment, like Carol Watkins’ “Times Past: Rocking Chair,” which shows a rocking chair against the backdrop of an abandoned house. Others explore newer themes, like Jaime Bolane’s “Horse Zen,” a haunting combination of Japanese calligraphy and split rail fence. The artists seem to delight in wordplay – the “Cow Pie” dessert of Gay Lasher and titles like “Amarillo Armadillo” and “Da Fence Rests” show that these quilters should never be accused of taking the West too seriously.
The artists are just as creative in technique as they are in concept and theme. Gretchen Hill’s “Abandoned 2” uses fabric that was buried for a year, then burned, to achieve its look. Embellishments added to these quilts include digital photos, mirror shards, rusty bolts, agate arrowheads, bottle caps, and hardware cloth. Hand dyeing, silk screening, and exquisite appliqué and embroidery techniques are almost commonplace among these artists.