As the air cools, autumn is the time to celebrate quilts
Last weekend, a record crowd attended the Marys River Quilt Guild's "Quilts in the Garden" show at seven private homes in Northwest Corvallis.
Kicking yourself for missing the show? Don't fret, the next month holds numerous opportunities to enjoy this timeless craft during the guild's "Quilt County 2009." Participating galleries, shops and public buildings are hosting exhibits featuring everything from hand-pieced heritage patterns to modern art quilts and fiber arts that stretch the imagination with unexpected materials and formations.
The Arts Center
Hester Coucke, curator of the exhibits at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave., in Corvallis, has compiled an impressive collection of work this month by Nancy Pobanz, Mark Perry, Cheryl Jordan and Mariana Mace that pushes the boundaries of various quilting techniques, materials and themes with stunning art quilts and intricate basketry.
Pobanz is known for dying her materials with minerals she collects herself and writes personal messages on paper that are later concealed in her work. Visitors can attend a brown bag art talk with Pobanz at noon Thursday, Sept. 10, at the gallery.
Oregon State University
At Oregon State University students and other visitors to the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery will be welcomed back this fall with "Gallimaufry: Recent Works by Loosely Bound," which includes artists Nancy Bryant, Diana Cleland-Boyle, Marcia Gilson, Marcy Gregg, Babette Grunwald, Liz Hoffman, Susan Johnson, Kerry McFall, Ann Smith, Sidnee Snell and Shirley Strub. The exhibit will be up through Oct. 28.
The Women's Center, in the Benton Annex, will host an exhibit called "Not Your Grandmother's Quilts," through Oct. 31, with projects by OSU-affliated students, faculty and staff.
Many more quilted creations by local artists will also hang in various Corvallis and Philomation venues throughout September and early October.
Wall hangings made of recycled material by the Breaking Free group will be on display at New Morning Bakery, 219 S.W. Second St.
The staff of Quiltwork Patches will show off their handiwork at the shop, 212 S.W. Third St.
Placemat-sized quilts by the artists of Tactile Expressions can be seen at Sam's Station, 1210 N.W. 29th St.
Quilts designed by members of the Marys River Quilt Guild who participated in the annual challenge to create a theme quilt from specific fabrics can be viewed at Creekside Coffee, 5210 S.W. Philomath Blvd.
More than 20 years of textile work by LuAnn Kessi will be on display at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd.
The Traveling Quilt Group displays Medallion Quilts, inspired by a trip to Italy at Riverside Window and Door, 439 S.W. Second. St.
Variations of the "Bear Claw" pattern by the Friday Afternoon Quilters will climb the walls at The Clothes Tree, 204 S.W. Madison Ave.
The Santiam Scrappers, a Lebanon group, will show off their diverse projects at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 Monroe Ave.
At Corvallis Tourism, 553 N.W. Harrision, community members have made small quilts that will be donated to the Alzheimer's Priority Quilt Initiative to support reasearch on the disease.
Other displays in Corvallis can be found at Grace Lutheran Church, 435 N.W. 21st St.; First United Methodist Church Library, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave.; Footwise, 301 S.W. Madison Ave.; and Talisman Jewelers, 311 S.W. Madison Ave.
In Philomath, "Celebrating Oregon's Heritage," a juried quilt exhibit at the Benton County Historical Museum through Oct. 17, celebrates Oregon's 150th birthday with classic quilt patterns from the 1850s and modern interpretations honoring Oregon heritage.
Fiber and mixed media projects by Babette Grunwald can be found at Gathering Together Farms, 25159 Grange Hall Road.
Examples of service quilts made with orphan blocks, donated fabric and scraps are on display at the Philomath Community Library, 1050 Applegate St.
Batches of quilts produced through JanniLou creations classes and projects can be viewed at the Furniture Restoration Center of Oregon, 1321 Main St., and the Philomath branches of OSU Federal Credit Union, 1446 Main St., and Citizens Bank, 1224 Main St.
The prolific quilting company will host its own show, "Cider Mill Road, A Trunk Show," at JanniLou Creations, 1243 Main St.
A Marys River Quilt Guild round robin quilting project will be on display at Shonnard's Nursery, 6600 S.W. Philomath. Quilts made to celebrate important life milestones will be kept safe at The Wine Vault, 1301 Main St., and last but not least, miniature "painting-sized" art quilts can be found at Gateway Gallery, 1233 Main St.
For more information, contact exhibit venues or the Marys River Quilt Guild: marysriverquiltguild.org