Call for Quilts selects 37 area quilters for exhibition

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE In early September, the Adirondack Museum sent out a Call for Quilts, searching for exceptional quilts, comforters, or pieced wall hangings made after 1970, used in, inspired by, or depicting the Adirondack region. The goal was to identify outstanding contemporary pieced textiles to be featured in a new exhibit, Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters, opening in May 2009. Quilters across the North Country responded. The museum received 52 quilts for consideration, representing the work of 37 quilters. A panel of three quilters and quilting scholars selected pieces for the exhibit. They included: Edith Mitchell, quilt maker, quilting teacher, and founding owner of Blue Mountain Designs; Shirley Hewitt Ware, Family and Consumer Science educator and organizer of the Adirondack Park Centennial Quilt Exhibit held in 1992; and Lee Kogan, Curator of Public Programs and Special Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. 15 contemporary quilts or wall hangings will be displayed in the new exhibition. The quilters and their work include: Sherry Matthews, Piseco, N.Y, Adirondack Fall; Linda Zila, Chestertown, N.Y., Change in the Wind; Rosemary Goliber, Indian Lake, N.Y., Cedar River; North Country Crafters, Indian Lake, N.Y., Indian Lake (Sesquicentennial); 56 friends of Terry and Diane Perkins, Housewarming Quilt; Schroon Lake Central School, Class of 2008 Group Quilt. Also featured: Louisa Woodworth, Long Lake, N.Y., A Sight for Sore Eyes; Kris Gregson Moss, Queensbury, N.Y., The Wind Embracing the Tree; Anne Smith, St. Regis Falls, N.Y., The Mad Fiddler: Betty Walp, Chestertown, N.Y., Black Bear; Nancy DiDonato, Diamond Point, N.Y., Home, Glorious Hom; Camp Sagamore Quilters, Camp Sagamore Quilt; Kathleen Towers, Wells, N.Y., Giant Mountain, Keene Valley, In My Mind's Eye; Patty Farrell, Long Lake, N.Y., Adirondack Nostalgia; and Jacqueline Luke-Hayes, Booneville, N.Y., Adirondack Fall. The remaining quilters who submitted entries have been invited to exhibit their quilts in a special show as part of the Adirondack Museums annual Adirondack Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival to be held Sept. 12, 2009.

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