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Current Museum Exhibit

Photo: Jade Belt Bridge by Denise Killingsworth, California


                               2016 International Quilt

                                                       Invitational Exhibition


                                                          June 17 through August 31


                                                                    By Mary Alice Hobbs


       Miles and miles of fabric and thread were used by quilters worldwide to create works for the Brigham City Museum’s 2016 International Art Quilt Invitational Exhibition June 17 through Aug. 31. About 70 quilts in various sizes will be displayed. The charm and the drama of many different countries are portrayed in the quilts, specifically Jerusalem, Africa, Egypt, China, Germany and the United Kingdom.

      On Aug. 13, Lea McComas, Colorado, will conduct the workshop "Introduction to Thread Painting" at the Brigham City Senior Center from noon to 3 p.m. The center is located above the museum at 24 North 300 West. Thread painting is just like “painting” on a canvas, except fabric is the canvas and colored, embroidery threads are the paints. For further information, please go to www.brighamcitymuseum.org. McComas' pieces have won awards at quilt venues AQS Paducah, Kentucky, and Road to California, Ontario, California. Two of her award-winning quilts are "Bike Boys" and "Panning for Gold."

      Admission to the museum 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 www.brighamcitymuseum.org.

      Gloria Loughman, Australia, is the museum’s Featured Art Quilter. Loughman produces large, vivid landscapes that depict the Australian bush. Most of her textiles have been hand-dyed or painted and feature extensive machine embroidery. Loughman’s quilt “Kimberley Mystique” won Australia’s most prestigious, national quilting award.

      A three-in-one quilt by Flora Joy, Tennessee, defies convention in that the face of Jackie Kennedy appears when the quilt is viewed from the left; Oprah Winfrey, from the front; and Mother Teresa, from the right. Joy recalls, “The inspiration for the quilt occurred while I was waiting in my car for a traffic light to change and a revolving billboard caught my eye. Three different images – one at a time – appeared every 10 seconds. It took me several years to apply this concept to piecing a quilt.” The quilt has won an award at the prestigious 2014 International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, and the 2015 American Quilter’s Society exhibit in Paducah, Kentucky.

       All people are “living histories” and so are some of the quilts in the exhibit that depict the 18th-century, pedestrian, Jade Belt Bridge in China; the landmarks of Berlin, the capital of Germany; postcards from Jerusalem that convey the peace that still seeps from its stones despite years of turmoil; New York’s 1835 Ogdensburg Harbor Lighthouse at the mouth of the Oswegatchie and St. Lawrence rivers; and Magdy Badrmany, a warm, generous, Bedouin guide for a quilter in Egypt’s White Desert.

       Susan Else, California, is presenting three-dimensional, cloth objects, notably a gigantic teacup with interior lighting and a 35-inch boat manned by “technicolor” characters conducting a rescue operation. She says, “I treat cloth not as a flat surface but as a wild, flexible skin. My work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, but I am one of the few artists making figurative sculpture in this medium. My current work often incorporates sound, light and motors, and it’s whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal and engaging, all at once.”

      The exhibit is also enlivened by quilts decorated with brightly colored, red-eyed, tree frogs from Central America; whooping cranes prancing on a gigantic, blue fish; and an airborne, strutting dragon with handlers.

      Quilts on view were designed by Roberta Baker, Oregon; Rosalie Baker, Iowa; Jenny Bowker, Australia; Helen Butler, Utah; Stephanie Crawford, United Kingdom; Aileyn Renli Ecob, California; Susan Else, California; Cynthia England, Texas; Grace Errea, California; Marcia Eygabroat, New York; Ann Fahl, Wisconsin; Tarek Fattoh, Egypt; Molly Hamilton-McNally, California; Denise Tallon Havlan, Illinois; Mary Ann Hildebrand, Texas; Marilyn Huntress, North Carolina; Flora Joy, Tennessee; Denise Killingsworth, California; Jan P. Krentz, California; Gloria Loughman, Australia; Susan Madden, Utah; Lea McComas, Colorado; Barbara Barrick-McKie, Connecticut; Cathleen Miller, New Mexico; Laurie Miller, Missouri; Lahala Phelps, Utah; Linda M. Roy, Tennessee; Claudia Scheja, Germany; and Molly Waddell, Florida.