On Sunday, I attended an opening reception for the two current shows at the San Jose Quilt Museum .
Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, dated 1890-1930 Cotton Photo Credit: Darwin D. Bearley
November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection
Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940. The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community. Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.
Center Diamond, Up Close, 2014 Michelle Boyd
November 15, 2014 – January 3, 2015 Amish: The Modern Muse
Come see what Amish made Modern looks like! Three Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds–East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern–present a juried exhibition of quilts made by MQG members who were inspired by Amish quilt makers.
Juror San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham has chosen almost twenty quilts that best represent a 21st century interpretation of late 19th and early 20th century Amish quilt making traditions.
The antique quilts were incredible.What a wonderful collection. If you live in Northern California, be sure to visit the museum. If not, I am excited to announce that our dear friend, and a past guest blogger, Carol Van Zandt has offered to share her photos of the exhibit with us in a later post. Thank you Carol! We look forward to it!
In the mean time, I thought I would show a few shots of the artists reception for the The Modern Muse exhibit. You will recognize a few of the artists from being past guest bloggers for See How We Sew. They are also all members of the East Bay Modern Quilters.
Modern Log Cabin Quilt by Tara Faughnan 2013.
What I Had by Kim Andersson 2014
Amish Lightning by Claire Sherman 2014
X by Stacey Sharman 2014
Circus Improv by Carol van Zandt 2014
I guess I missed getting of photo of Carol, since she was busy photographing everyone else!
Tribute by yours truly!
And to hold you over until Carol’s photos, I thought I would share a few close up photos of my personal favorites of the antique quilts. Aren’t they amazing?