With thousands of colorful, toothpick-size fabrics, Noriko Endo of Tokyo, Japan has captured the rapture of nature in art quilts that are on display in the Brigham City Museum of Art and History's 2013 International Quilt Invitational Exhibition.
Works by Endo, the featured art quilter, and Helen Butler, the featured traditional quilter, will hang in the museum July 2 through August 24.
Endo said nature's vast magnificence has gripped her imagination since childhood when she walked in the woods with her father, but her mother also influenced her art.
"I was motivated to work with small pieces of fabric while watching my mother knit sweaters using odd balls of yarn," Endo said.
Butler's pieces are also inspired by nature as well as architecture, antique quilts, fabric, furniture designs, tiles, picture frames and photos. Butler said she began quilting 20 years ago when a quilt store opened near her home.
"When I walked through the door of the new store and saw all those beautiful, quality fabrics, I felt like I was home," Butler said.
Other artists have been invited to showcase their command of design, piecing, quilting and painting are:
- Lenore Crawford, Michigan
- Kaye Evans, Utah
- Linda French, Ohio
- Suzanne Marshall, Missouri
- Kathy McNeil, Washington
- Andrea Perejda, California
- Sharon L. Schlotzhauer and David M. Taylor, Colorado
- Kate Themel, Connecticut
- Zena Thorpe, California
Thorpe's quilt, "Crowned With Glory-- Right Royally" was named one of the 100 best Quilts of the 20th Century, and will be showcased in the exhibition. Marshall's quilt, "Toujour Nouveau" was also named to the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century, but is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, Kentucky. Seven of Marshall's other award-winning quilts are showcased.
There is a bit of adventure in the art quilts produced by the 12 participants who were inspired by visits to the Greek Island of Santorini, the medieval village Le Poet laval in centeral France, Huangshan in the Yellow Mountains of China, a Japanese garden in Kyoto and a monastery on the tiny island of Kosljun.
Some of the most unusal quilts are populated with dancing cranes, 17th-century Norwegian knights, fire-breathing dragons and penguins sunbathing on Waikiki beach.
A workshop on needleturn Applique will be given by Butler at the museum on August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $15 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Participation is limited to 20. Registration is available in person, by mail or online.
To register by mail for the Applique workshop, mail required materials to:
P.O. Box 583
Brigham City, UT 84302
Funds to support this exhibition have been provided by the Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board.
The museum is located at 24 North 300 West in Brigham City with the entrance on the west side. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m.
The Brigham City Museum is an art and history facility in Box Elder County that opened in 1970. Exhibitions include at least one national traveling show a year, as well as a variety of temporary art and history exhibitions of four to eight weeks each. The museum's dedicated history section includes activities for children. Guided group tours are available with two weeks notice. The facility is a department of the Brigham City Corporation.