OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE:
NEW DIRECTIONS IN QUILTING

March 3 – August 5, 2012

A juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Mendocino County artists.

Image: Honorable Mention winner The Heart and the Feather by Leila Kazimi. Hand dyed fabrics, hand and machine quilting, beading. This piece is based on theEgyptian Book of the Dead.

The Artists:

Deanna Apfel, Lisa Bowles, Holly Brackmann, Marian Drain, Timothy Easterbrook, Laura Fogg, Renée Gannon, Kathy Gaughen, Cassie Gibson, Daphne Gillen, Dee Goodrich, Vicky Groom, Ann Horton, Leila Kazimi, Betty Lacy, Mary Ann Michelsen, Ursula Partch, Joyce Paterson, Catherine Reed aka Boutelona, Marilyn Bohlen Simpson, Charlotte Tefft, Anne Turner, and Marilynn Zensen

The Grace Hudson Museum takes pride each year in presenting a contemporary art show that displays the quality of our regional artists in a particular media. With the juried art quilt exhibition,Out of the Comfort Zone: New Directions in Quilting, we explored modern quilted wall art–a combination of traditional and experimental textile techniques. From abstract to narrative, the Mendocino County quilt artists in the exhibit inspired us with their imagery, design, color, materials and talent, taking quilting traditions to a new, expressive level.

The exhibition was juried by: Robin Cowley, a well-known Oakland artist and color consultant who works in a wide range of quilting techniques; Diane Perin Hock, a prolific Healdsburg quilter who wrote the new book, “Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge,” documenting twelve artists from around the world, each making 12” x 12” art quilts; and Carol Larson, a prominent Petaluma quilt artist, and popular speaker about art quilts, whose own work is in corporate and private collections. She is also the author of “Tallgirl Series: A Body of Work.” In addition, Mendocino County textile artists Holly Brackmann and Daphne Gillen brought the initial exhibit proposal to the attention of Museum staff and provided continuing assistance and logistical help. Funding for this exhibition was made possible by the Sun House Guild.