Lowell Quilt Festival 2012. It was worth the four-hour round trip. Especially because I got to have a good long visit with my friend Carol Vinick as we traversed I-495 in torrential August rains. And later, lunch with quilter friends Carol Eaton and Mary Lachman eating some yummy Greek food at The Athenian.
|Here's the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, an imposing edifice, which hosted Images 2012, a juried show featuring work by 82 artists from across the country...including me!|
Two of my quilts were juried into Images 2012.
|This is Buddhist Temple I. The strip of writing across the bottom center reiterates the Eightfold Path of Buddhist practice.|
|This is the 309-step naga staircase leading to the temple at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. I was so inspired by my visit that I used this temple, and the staircase leading to it, as the basis for two quilts.|
|This is the chedi at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which inspired the central image of my Buddhist Temple I and Buddhist Temple II|
Elsewhere at the Lowell Quilt Festival, I had one quilt accepted into Art Quilts Lowell, at the Brush Gallery, another festival venue. I was in rarefied company here--one of only 26 quilters from North America whose work was chosen for this show. The juror was Karey Bresenhan, President and CEO of Quilts Inc., who has co-founded numerous quilting-related groups, including the International Quilt Association and Quilts Inc., which stages the annual International Quilt Festival.
This year, the theme for Art Quilts Lowell was music. My piece took as its inspiration Thus Spake Zarathustra, the tone poem by Richard Strauss, which was used to impressive effect in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, to show the grandeur and mystery of deep space. My piece shows a whirling nebula, its center ablaze with white-hot fire, its atoms dispersing into the universe.
|Here's a visitor to the exhibit, checking out my quilt.|
|Here's Diane with her piece, which was inspired by Vivaldi's The Four Seasons|
|This one knocked my socks off. Go, Judy!|
Worth the four-hour round trip? You bet!