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 ***Photo: "Once Upon A Christmas Night" by Sieglinde Schoen Smith, Germany/Pennsylvania



                                             Brigham City Museum of Art and History’s

                                        International Quilt Invitational Exhibition


                                                            July 1 through Aug. 29, 2015


                                                                         By Mary Alice Hobbs


            The world in cloth from the Czech Republic to Peru will be on display in the Brigham City Museum’s International Quilt Invitational Exhibition July 1 through Aug. 29, 2015. Quilters born in Russia, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States have created works not only about their native country, but about places they have visited, specifically Italy, Africa, Ireland, France, India, Turkey, Indonesia and Australia.


            Margarete Heinisch of California will conduct the quilt workshop “Painting with a Needle” at the museum on July 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to create a flower that Heinisch selected from her art quilt "Persephone Smiles" that won first place at an International Quilt Association competition in Houston, Texas. The cost is $15 for museum members; $25, non-members.


            The museum is located at 24 North 300 West. The entrance is on the west side. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, please phone (435) 226-1439 or visit


            Heinisch, who was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, is the museum’s Featured Quilter. Her quilt “In the Heart of Europe” was named one of the “20th Century’s 100 Best American Quilts.” This piece, which will be on view during the exhibition, is a celebration of Austria’s millennium and features nine dancing couples in costumes that represent the nine provinces of Austria. The outer border of the quilt describes a country rich in castles, gardens and cathedrals. Heinisch’s hand-quilted and hand-appliqued quilts have won awards in competitions at the International Quilt Association, Houston, Texas; American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, Kentucky; and Road to California.     


            “My mother groomed me from an early age to become a seamstress,” says Heinisch, “but I became a porcelain painter instead, which made my mother sad. After I married and my husband and I had two children, I became the seamstress for my family. That made my mother happy again.”


            In 1971, the Heinisch family moved to California. Until this time, the artist had never heard the word “quilt.” When Heinisch attended her first quilt show, she called it “the eighth wonder of this world.” A large, Log Cabin quilt was her favorite. By the time she arrived home, the artist was ready to sew her own quilt, the first of many. Eight quilts with varying themes by Heinisch will hang in the museum, including a portrait of a woman in a Slovakian costume.

            The museum is also presenting quilts by Frieda Anderson, Illinois; Linda C. Anderson, California; Diane Becka, Washington; Melinda Bula, California; Lisa H. Calle, Pennsylvania; Aileyn Renli Ecob, California; Cynthia England, Texas; Anna Faustino (Russia), Pennsylvania; Renske Helmuth (Netherlands), Canada; Sue Holdaway-Heys, Michigan; Connie Huggins, Utah; Annie White Johnson, Utah (pioneer quilt owned by Mary Ann Creer); Bonnie Keller, Washington; Lea McComas, Colorado; Grace Meijer, United Kingdom; Sieglinde Schoen Smith (Germany), Pennsylvania; Melissa Sobotka, Texas; Ludmila Uspenskaya (Russia), New York; Joann Webb, Missouri; and Cathy Wiggins, North Carolina. 


            There are some reflective themes in the exhibition such as Meijer’s quilt “Remember.” The quilt was adapted from a photograph she took in Berlin, Germany, of the Gedaechtnis Kirche church built in the 1890s and badly damaged during a bombing raid in 1943. At the time it was decided not to rebuild the church, but preserve what was left as a memorial.


            “Turkish Bread Boys” by McComas is a voice for the poor and their commitment to the family and the entrepreneurial spirit. Renli Ecob’s quilt “The Honey Log” is based on a photo her husband took while visiting Kenya. The title refers to the hollow logs hung from trees to attract bees. Linda C. Anderson found “The Musicman of Jaipur” playing the sarangi in the streets amid the opulence of the “Pink City” of India known for its trademark building color.


            A contrast to these quilts is a piece by Wiggins that depicts stampeding carousel horses. Other playful quilts are “My Rooster Called Isy” and the “Cheer Up Clown” by Faustino and “Mother Earth and Her Children” by Schoen Smith.


            A collection of soft sculpture dolls fashioned by Meijer completes the exhibition. She was inspired by the drawings of Sue Macartney-Snape who is called the “master of caricature.” Macartney-Snape was born in Tanzania and raised in Australia. The “invasion of the Brits” consists of “The Race Goer,” “The Old Fashioned Nanny,” “The History Don,” “The Theater Goer,” “The Animal Breeder,” “The Aging Hippy” and “The Ethnic Jewelry Designer.”