In 2012, ‘quilt’ does not necessarily mean ‘bedcover.’
In the 75 quilts by 46 artists on display at Piedmont Arts, the term refers to textiles, clothing, accessories, wall-hangings, bed covers and more. What unites them is that are all stitched, some by hand, others by machine.
Together, they make the eighth biennial Art of the Quilt exhibit. The theme is “Celebration.” The exhibit is curated by master quilter Linda M. Fiedler.
The galleries are alive with the vibrant colors and varied shapes of the quilts.
As interesting as each design displayed is, pointed out Director of Exhibitions Brandon Adams, the back of each work holds a private pattern or style that is not seen.
“It really interesting to see what they chose on the back of the quilt,” Adams said.
Part of the exhibit has a collection of quilts by Professional Textile Artists of Asheville, N.C. Each quilt is created based on inspiration from an artist or particular work of art.
Fiedler is an award-winning quilt maker from Meadows of Dan. Her quilts have won national and international awards and her quilted clothing has appeared in such prestigious shows as the Fairfield Fashion Show and the Hobb’s Fashion Show in Paducah, Ky. Fielder’s quilts also hang in private and corporate collections throughout the country. Ann Reardon is the co-curator.
Quilts by local and regional artists also will be on display in Piedmont Arts’ Lynwood Artists Gallery as part of a biennial exhibit curated by Martinsville’s Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild.