Art Quilts 2014: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Art Quilts 2014

Exhibit: August 20 - September 20
Reception and Awards: Saturday, August 23, 1-3

This year the exhibition features Art Quilts that explore the second line from the well-known nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,”  How Does Your Garden Grow? It was up to the quilt artist to take this line and interpret it for inspiration.

This year the quilt artists in the exhibition are: Pamela Allen, Margaret Anderson, Nancy Bardach, Susan Bleiweiss, Betty Busby, Sue Colozzi, Janis Doucette, Atara Halpern, Ruby Horansky, Helene Kusnitz, Ellen Lindner, Barbara McKie, Patti Owens, Ann Rebele, Wen Redmond, Ruan Robertson, Judy Ross, Jodi Scaltreto, Maya Schonenberger, Phyllis Small, Nancy Turbitt, Nelda Warkentin, Naomi Weidner, and Marianne Williamson

Related Events

Thursday, September 4

5:30 PM (At New England Quilt Museum)
Bring a friend and enjoy two-for-one admission to the only museum in the Northeast dedicated to the art and history of quiltmaking. Meet Binney Family Curator, Pamela Weeks, who will offer a complimentary gallery talk on Quilted Gardens: Floral Motifs from the Permanent Collection. The galleries and Museum Store will remain open until 8 pm.

6:30 PM (At Whistler House Museum of Art)
A short walk from the NEQM brings visitors to a performance of live music in Whistler Park, an enchanting Victorian-style Garden featuring a bronze sculpture of James McNeill Whistler by the internationally known sculptor, Mico Kaufman. The Parker Gallery will be open, featuring the exhibition, Art Quilts 2014: How Does Your Garden Grow? (In case of rain, the music will be moved into the gallery.)


Thursday, September 18

6:00 PM (At Whistler House Museum of Art)
The Shady Lady, Amy Ziffer will give a talk entitled, "Shade Revealed; How to Garden Successfully in Low Light (Really)"
Shade plants are not created equal!   This talk is abundantly illustrated with beautiful photography and focuses on what makes some shade plants better performers than others.  Ziffer also presents a clear approach to designing your shade garden for the best chances of long term success.





Art Quilts at the Whistler 2013:

What’s My Line?

Genesis Colony

Image: Genesis Colony, by Betty Busby (Whistler Award)

Image: Into the Silence, by Wen Redmond (Juror's Choice Award)

Exhibit Dates: Aug 8 – Sept 14, 2013

Exhibit Criteria: Art Quilts that explore the idea of using a line both literally and figuratively – a stitched line, a line of work, a line in a song or poem, a railway line, a line on a map, lines on a face…the possibilities are endless.

Quilt Artists 2013:


Ann Brauer, Shelburne Falls, MA; Betty Busby, Albuquerque, NM; Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Cincinnati, OH; Diane Franklin, Jamaica Plain, MA; Leesa Gawlik, Durango, CO; Rosemary Hoffenberg, Wrentham, MA; Melani Kane Brewer, Cooper City, FL; Linda Laird, Colorado Springs, CO; Vita Marie Lovett, Maryville, TN; Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Carlisle, MA; Barbara McKie, Lyme, CT; Olga Norris, Basingstroke, Hampshire County, UK; Marti Plager, Louisville, KY; Kathleen Probst, Meridian, ID; Ann Rebele, Columbus, OH; Wen Redmond, Strafford, NH; Lisa Flowers Ross, Boise, ID; Maria, Shell, Anchorage, AK; Stephanie Shore, Lexington, MA; Phyllis Small, West Hartford, CT; Mary Thumann, Beach Lake, PA; K. Velis Turan, Earlton, NY; Anne Walker, Rangeley, ME; Nelda Warkentin, Phillips, ME; and Marianne Williamson, Miami, FL.


Jurors: Bobbie Sullivan (2011) and Nancy Crasco (2012), past award winners of Whistler Art Quilt Exhibits Awards: Awards will be presented at the reception for Juror's Choice and the Whistler Award.



Viewers Choice 2013


This year there was a tie for Viewer's Choice. Both received an equal amount of votes.



Forgotten But Not Gone: Ruth by Ann Rebele



Plowlines I by Stephanie Shore