Museum on Main opens a new traveling exhibit next week – “Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land” – which runs from June 23 to August 14.
The collection of fine art quilts from over 40 artists interpret the complexities of the state through realistic and abstract imagery with quality workmanship in this spectacle of beauty and originality.
“We are really looking forward to this exhibition,” said curator Ken MacLennan. “It’s a great opportunity to show contemporary approaches to art forms that are generally considered very traditional. it’s beautiful, it’s just amazing. “
The quilts pay homage to iconic California views as well as the state’s beautiful native flora. But distinct and darker themes also emerge: the impacts of climate change through drought, floods and fires; the lasting detrimental effects of the gold rush; and the persecution faced by the indigenous peoples of California, the Hispanic population and the Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Fiber works run the full emotional spectrum from hope to despair.
“Stitching California” was born at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, and travels through Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Studio Art Quilt Associates.