Art Cloth North

Lately, I’ve been about a football field length behind where I should be, and this posting is no exception.

While I was away this fall, the SAQA Art Cloth North exhibition at the Blue Holloman Gallery opened. This past weekend, I had a chance to visit and see the work for myself. If you are in Anchorage, please go see the work in person. You know it’s always better live. Plus the shopping at Blue Holloman is so good–beautiful art and craft at all price points.

This is Blue Holloman.

Blue Holloman Gallery Anchorage, AlaskaThe best gallery in town.

Blue Holloman Gallery Anchorage, AlaskaFor all of the information about this show, you can read the photo. The abbreviated version is that Art Cloth North is a juried show featuring the art of the Alaska members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

SAQA  Exhibition Art Cloth NorthAbout a 1/4 of the gallery is dedicated to a monthly show. Here is Art Cloth North show from distance.

My piece LITE BRITE shares the wall with two whimsical pieces by Nan Thompson.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthI think this is a good arrangement.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthApproaching Inferno by Ree Nancarrow graces the next wall over. Ree is a very well know Alaskan fiber artist. I met her many years ago when I I was selling oven mitts at an art fair. She shared that she too had sold oven mitts. Hearing her say that made me think–I can do this too! I can be an art quilter.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthAmy Meisner’s small three dimensional piece called Inner Life is made of wool fiber and found objects.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthVein is also by Amy Meisner. Meisner uses an assortment of materials including found objects an repurposed textiles–here she even uses stones. The craftsmanship is incredible.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthIsadora Raven and The Last Thing the Mouse Saw were created by Cat Larrea.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthWendy Smith Wood‘s two pieces Frozen Through and Winter’s Breath most likely has traditionalists scratching their heads. I don’t know that I would call these quilts, but they sure are beautiful.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthThe far wall, featured to pieces by Diane Melms and an early Color Grid quilt of mine.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthDiane’s pieces are always full of great color.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthThis one is called Mega Whirl. I haven’t used variegated thread in years, but the way this looks makes me think that maybe I should.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthThis Color Grid is called Picnic.

Picnic by Maria ShellPicnic by Maria ShellPicnic by Maria ShellOn the entrance wall to the exhibit are several smaller pieces.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthI likes the quilting on Protected Temple by Z. Denise Gallup.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthBeside Gallup’s pieces were two beautiful colored and quilted pieces by Julie Drake.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthSAQA Art Cloth NorthI am not sure how this happened, but I failed to photograph Gail Ramsey’s bicycle quilts individually. No pumpkin pie for me.

SAQA Art Cloth NorthThis is a terrible mistake on my part, but a very good reason for you to go and see the show.

You have until next Wednesday December 2nd. Just do it.

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10 thoughts on “Art Cloth North

  1. Great show! You should be proud to be in it! Hope you get a chance to relax and have a happy Thanksgiving.Love and hugs to you all

  2. Me thinks the long and dark winters in Alaska contribute to the longing for colorful art. This show is fabulous. Thanks for the intro.

  3. Beautiful pieces Maria and of course I just love the bright colours in your piece!

  4. Thanks for the kind words about my work and for blogging about the show…why didn’t I think of that? Would love to get together if you are in town for a while now. I think we’d have a lot to chat about.

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