Several months ago Catherine of Brookside Quiltworks asked if I would be willing to have a show of my quilts. One thing she wanted to confirm was that I had a body of work to fill the gallery space. I knew I had lots of quilts, but boy, I didn't know how many quilts I have been storing under my bed until I started rooting around looking for them.
To prepare for the show I pulled out every quilt in my house. That task alone was overwhelming, I found close to 80. Many of the pieces are small studies, while others are show quilts that have traveled all over the country. Deciding which to show was actually quite easy. Those that were scheduled for other shows were excluded as were I need for teaching gigs. Some practice pieces and those quilts that we actually use on our beds didn't make the cut either. The hardest part was adding sleeves and labels to those quilts that should have been labeled much earlier (ahem). I ended up handing 45 works off to Catherine and her husband Bill.
Going through the quilts was a great excuse to review the last 15 years of work. The process itself was emotionally exhausting, yet instructive. I was able to see how my work has changed artistically, and technically (for the better!). It also showed me what themes I keep revisiting (circles), and reminded me of what colors I think I don't like but I use all of the time (grey).
This is my favorite view from the gallery. It shows me the through-line in my work, even if I am not always aware of it. The photo also demonstrates that even though I did not intend for these quilts to relate to each other, they have been talking to each other behind my back.
If you click on the photos below you can see many of the quilts. Despite what my photos show, the gallery is light and airy and well worth a trip to South Egremont, MA. The show is up until the end of March and all of the quilts are for sale. For more information you can contact me or Brookside Quiltworks directly. I feel very fortunate to have this display and I hope you enjoy it.