The annual Visions show of original art quilts will be held from Saturday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 24th, 2024. The show will be held in the Canmore Art Guild (CAG) gallery in Elevation Place. The gallery will be open from 11am to 5 pm. 7 days a week. An opening reception, open to the public will be held in the gallery on Friday, March 1st from 7 to 9 pm. Our raffle quilt will be on display and fabric postcards and raffle quilt tickets will be available for purchase.
For 2024 our theme is ‘Reflections’. Artists can interpret this theme in any way they wish – reflections in water or a mirror, or reflecting or thinking about something. All quilts must be original. Information regarding what we mean by ‘original’ is provided below.
Finished quilts with a dowel for hanging will need to be dropped off in the gallery on Thursday, February 29th from 9 to 9:30 am. We encourage all members to ‘sit’ the show. We will use Sign-up Genius to facilitate this process.
Closer to the date of our show, more detailed information will be provided to members. If you have questions contact Jillian R or Mary W.
A Little History
The guild’s first original quilt art show was held in 1999 at the Canmore Library Gallery. It ran for ten days, breaking all prior attendance records for the gallery.
What Is an “Original Art Quilt”
- The design is your own idea
- Shows originality, artistry, creativity and imagination
- May use any style or technique to express your design
- May be inspired by another work, as long as it is an interpretation, not a copy
- Can contain elements of published work (e.g. a block or border idea) incorporated into your original design
- Can use techniques developed by others (e.g. fusing or improvisation) but cannot copy a quilt used to demonstrate the technique
- Can be started in a class or workshop but must have significant elements of your creativity to make it different from what the instructor or your classmates helped you with
- Must be a “quilt”- three layers sewn together
- Ultimately, we rely on you and your honesty in saying it is original
Potential Sources of Inspiration
- creativity is not a gift that some people have and others don’t
- silence the inner critic- ideas evolve- ispiration leads to more inspiration
- inspiration from the theme
- inspiration from works of art- Kandinsky, Picasso, VanGogh, Miro, Mondrian
- collaborate or work with someone else
- be inspired by a photo or landscape
- create an abstract design- creative use of colour, pattern, texture, line
- print an image on fabric- change it embellish it
- improvisational design- just start and see where it leads
- can use mixed media (paints, paper, metal, etc) use of embellishments
JUST START-IT WILL LEAD TO SOMEWHERE NEW
VISIONS 2023 Peoples Choice Winners
The 2023 Visions show closed on March 26th. Thirty-three original art quilts were shown and over 1350 viewers visited the show. The guild received many positive comments about the show and the quality of the work displayed.
The winners of the Viewers Choice awards for the 2023 Visions show were recently announced. First place went to Jillian Roulet for her quilt of a dog called ‘Namaste’. Second place went to Lorie Jocius for her quilt entitled ‘For my Dad Who Abides Amongst the Stars’.
Jillian’s quilt was hand appliquéd and machine quilted. She provided the following information on her quilt. “This quilt was partly done and marinating on a wall in my studio for a little while. Well, okay….since 2011! When trekking in Nepal I saw a lovely, clean, white, dog sitting in the entrance to a tea house. He looked like he was greeting all the people who passed by. I started this piece in a course by David Taylor of Colorado. I found the face a particular challenge, so the quilt was temporarily abandoned. I decided to tackle finishing the quilt for this Visions show. I have named the dog Namaste which is a greeting of respect in Nepal.”
In light of the COVID -19 pandemic the Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild gallery show, Colour Speaks – Visions 2020 was cancelled.
Visions 2019: “Skylines” March 20 – April 16
Visions 2018: “Doors” March 2- 20
Visions 2017: “Canada My Home” March 25th to April 11
Art Quilting – “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!
Article by Lynn C., art quilter, Canmore, Alberta
Like the introduction, art quilting has come of age over the last 50 years. Although there have been quilts that have been considered works of art throughout quilt history, the evolution of art quilting has been very challenging. For generations, quilts were not considered works of art but rather “craft items” and then were often referred to as “women’s work.”
As women fought for equality in the 60’s the art quilt world was born when several well-known American artists, several of them females, started using fabric as their medium. Over the next fifty years adventurous artists brought new creative designs and techniques to traditional quilting. The art quilt movement has fought a challenging battle for acceptance even within the world of quilting.
In 1961, the Whitney Museum of American Arts seminal exhibition Abstract Design in American Quilts introduced the concepts of quilts as objects of art to a national audience for the first time. In the mid 70’s individuals like Nancy Crowe and Michael James were the prominent artists working with quilts as their medium. The first Quilt National exhibition in 1979 created a venue for the increasing interest in art quilting all over the world. Many of the artists who displayed their work at Quilt National next took their quilts and techniques to share with quilters in Europe, Canada and Australia. The world of art quilting thus became a movement. The world of quilting today graciously includes both art and traditional quilting. Contemporary quilters continue to evolve and inspire others.