4 x 4 x 12 by 3 x 3 x 9 Artquilts
Exhibit: June 10 through July 4
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 10, 5:00 p.m.
Most quilts are not square, so most often even the "art
quilts," meaning quilts made more for their artist design and
handling than the idea of covering a bed, have not been
However, when artists are involved there will be
some who break the rules. Such was the case with the quilt,
"Bourrée," made by Michael James that was purchased by
Penny Nii of San Francisco. Inspired by the concept of a
square quilt, not designed for a functional use, Nii asked other
quilters to work with the 48 x 48 inch format. In this way she
also acquired quilts by Nancy Kemper-Cullen, Judith
Lazalere, Libby Lehman, Theresa May, Jane Sassaman, Joan
Schulze, Leslie Gabriëlse, Nancy Herman, Jonathan Shannon,
and Shizuko Kuroha. This is the first time the Nii Collection
has been exhibited.
In tribute to the level and extent of quilting activity in
the Gualala area, the showing of the Nii Collection will be
augmented by nine of the 36 x 36 inch artworks by the local
quilters who have been selected through a process of jurying
submitted proposals by Suzan Friedland, Iris Lorenze-Fife and
Each contemporary artquilt will be an original
design. The choice of fabric, stitching, colors, embellishment,
or binding is left entirely to the artist. The only restriction is
the size of the quilt. Quilters whose work has been chosen for
this show are: Mary Austin, Bonnie Beckett, Suzan Friedland,
Kathye Hitt, Iris Lorenz-Fife, Janet C. Sears, Carol Tackett,
Bonnie Toy, and Janet Windsor.
You read it here! The code to the meaning in the
numbers in the show title has been broken. The answer is that
twelve of the quilts are four feet by four feet, and nine of the
quilts measure three feet by three feet.
4 x 4 x 12 by 3 x 3 x 9
Art Quilt catalog
In addition to the mounting of this show, Gualala
Arts has issued a catalog of an exhibit for the first time.
Each work has been professionally photographed and given
one page with a full
Photographs of the
Nii Collection are
done by Sharon
Risedorph and the
juried quilts by Ron
Bolander. Included in
this catalog is a short
explanation of how
the exhibit came to be
along with an essay
by David 'Sus'
Director of Gualala Arts connecting Gualala Arts with
The 4x4x12 by 3x3x9 catalog measures 8.5" X 7", has 28 pages, and sells for $12 plus tax (shipping and handling will be extra).
Gualala Arts Center is located
at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, and is open from 9 am to 4 pm weekdays,
and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information.