Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land

Organized through a partnership of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the Grace Hudson Museum, and Exhibit Envoy, this juried exhibition features 42 works of finely crafted and innovative quilt art (in two dimensions and three dimensions) by 42 different artists, some of whom live and work in Mendocino County. The pieces were selected based on artistry and technique, and how well submitting artists addressed the exhibition’s goals of exploring the diversity, illusions, realities, and hopes that define the richness and complexities of the Golden State. Following its premier at the Grace Hudson Museum, Stitching California will be traveled by Exhibit Envoy to museums and cultural institutions throughout California and possibly beyond.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Amy Bowen Neel and the Neel Family Foundation; the Textile and Fiber Arts Endowment Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County; and the Sun House Guild.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, August 17, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Click here for a feature article from the August 17, 2019 Ukiah Daily Journal.

Exhibition Programs:

Saturday, August 17, 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Opening Reception
Get a first look at our new exhibition and meet many of the participating artists selected for this juried exhibition. Light refreshments. Brief remarks at 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 25, 2:00–3:00 PM
The California Art Quilt: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium
Nancy Bavor, executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, delivers an illustrated talk on the cultural forces that led to the emergence of art quilts. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, September 21, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Regional SAQA Sharing
Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) brings together its regional members and the public to celebrate a shared love of quilt art. Stitching California artists will speak about their exhibited pieces, while all other attendees are invited to bring a fiber artwork for an organized show and tell (one art piece per person). Plus, a presentation by textile artist and Stitching California juror Katie Pasquini Masopust. Free for SAQA members. All others, free with Museum admission.

Saturday, October 12, 2:00–3:00 PM
Art Used to Process Life
Local quilt artists Laura Fogg, Ann Horton, Betty Lacy, and Dede Ledford, join moderator Holly Brackmann, a quilt artist and retired textile instructor, to discuss the intersection of fiber, aesthetics, and social life. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, November 9, 2:00–3:00 PM
How to Jury a Quilt Exhibit

Professional quilt juror Diane Perin will give advice on judging quilts for a juried exhibition. Perin will demonstrate her process by examining and commenting on two or three quilts she has never seen before. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, December 14, 2:00–4:00 PM
Fabric Collage Workshop

Fiber artist Cassie Elberg-Gibson leads kids (age 8 minimum) and adults in making a fabric collage. Free with Museum admission. Materials provided. RSVP required to (707) 467-2836.

Stone Gallery

The J. Ralph and Lois Stone Gallery features a long-term exhibition showcasing Pomo baskety masterpieces woven between 1860-2003. The baskets come from the collections of the Grace Hudson Museum, other private institutions with significant ethnographic holdings, and private collections. Informative text panels explain the steps taken in cultivating, harvesting, and processing materials for basketmaking. Panels also discuss the history of Pomo basketweaving, and the forms and functions of various basket types.

Person Gallery

The Norma and Evert Person Gallery features a permanent exhibit of informative text panels, photographs, textiles, and objects that interpret the history, and celebrate the legacy, of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family. Organized by generations, each section of the gallery introduces the viewer to members of Grace Carpenter Hudson’s illustrious family through descriptions of their lives, and displays of their belongings. Grace’s own section expands upon her personal life, while her professional career is highlighted in the Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery.

The Hart Gallery

The Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Grace Carpenter Hudson. Accompanied by text and photo panels giving extensive information about each phase and aspect of Grace’s professional development, the gallery features numerous oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, charcoal, conte crayon, and graphite drawings, and mixed media works. Hudson’s personal life is documented further in the Norma & Evert Person Gallery.