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BY THESE WORDS – Art Quilts Maine

Saturday, February 01 - Friday, February 28
12:00am - 12:00am

Location: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Audience: Kids & Families

By These Words . . .

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Members of Art Quilts Maine, a statewide guild chapter dedicated to the exploration of contemporary quilt art, respond to an annual challenge with diverse and colorful results. This year’s challenge, issued in October 2013, is titled, “By These Words . . .” Quilts were to be inspired by Words—poetry, quote, idiom, saying.

Eight members met the challenge, and the collection went on view in July at Maine Quilts 2013. Since then they have been on exhibit in Farmington and Skowhegan, and will travel to Waterville when they leave Portland.

The quilts are, as ever, as different as the women who created them. They range from a word search puzzle to a collage titled, “Gather Ye Roses”. Each piece is accompanied by a card stating the words that inspired the quilt. The quilts will be on display at the Portland Public Library’s children’s space through the end of February.

Art Quilts Maine uses the term art quilts as defined by Studio Art Quilt Associates: A contemporary art work exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printing, photography, graphic design, assemblage, and sculpture, which retains however through material or technique a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.

(from Art Quilt by Robert Shaw, pg 79)


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