2015 Exhibit Quilts
Life's Work: Ruth B. McDowell
CURATORS: DONNA BISTER AND RICHARD L. CLEVELAND
Not only is 2016 the Vermont Quilt Festival's 40th year, it also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1991 pulication of Plain and Fancy: Vermont's People and Their Quilts. In honor of the occasion, Plain and Fancy authors Donna Bister and Richard Cleveland have organized an exhibit of quilts from the book, augmented by the best Vermont quilts documented by the Vermont Quiltsearch since 1989. Altogether, more than 60 quilts from the hands of three centuries of Vermont quiltmakers will be represented.
CURATOR: Ruth B. McDowell
In a thirty-five year career, Ruth B. McDowell has developed an extraordinary body of art exploring the traditional structure of piecing as a format for original design. Her use of a wide collection of printed and woven commercail cotton fabrics gives her work incredibly rich surfaces, as well as visual connection to the importance of fabrics in other places and times. Often based in nature, her quilts are included in many private and museum collections. This will be the largest exhibit ever of Ruth's work.
The Best of QuiltCon 2016
QuiltCon is an annual international show presented by the Modern Quilt Guild consisting of 300 judged and non-judged modern quilts. A number of quilts exhibited at its 2016 show will be selected to become part of a traveling exhibit representing the best of QuiltCon. Vermont Quilt Festival is pleased to showcase these modern quilts.
Lobby Lights: Red and White Quilts
The 2011 red and white quilt exhibit in New York City was magnificent and is still talked about. The Vermont Quilt Festival Board decided to create its own version of that exhibit in honor of its 40th anniversary. Area quilters have created a variety of red and white quilts that will fly overhead. Visitors should look up and be inspired.
SewBatik Challenge: Celebration
Whether it is a feeling of satisfaction or a remembrance of a special occasion, holiday or life event, participants were encouraged to use what "Celebration" means to them in the creation of a small quilt. SewBatik provided two fat eighths of fabric. Quilts are judged by SewBatik, who will award the first place winner with a basket of its fabrics valued at $500; the second place winner, a basket valued at $300. Fabric packets for this year's challenge are sold out.
For nearly four decades, many of VQF's instructors have been at the leading edge of developments in the quilt world. This year's roster is no exception, and visitors have the opportunity to see in person quilts they may otherwise see only in print. As always, this exhibit reflects the diversity of the quilting tradition.
The curators of each of the special exhibits in Miller North offer free gallery talks about their exhibits. Each curator speaks daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These informal talks offer visitors
a more in-depth look at the featured exhibits and allow viewers to ask questions to further their appreciation of the displays. A complete schedule is available at the show.