September 16 to October 31, 1999
Member s of the Prince George Quilters’ Guild have combined their work to form this exhibition so they could share with others the pride that they feel in their skill, creativity and dedication to this time-honoured art form. Also, this exhibition is intended to reach out and introduce a stimulating and rewarding tradition to those individuals who may or may not be familiar with quilting.
The theme of this body of work is North/West expressions and has been widely interpreted to include the north coast, the central interior, the far north and the Rock Mountain Range. A wide variety of techniques have been adapted in the expression of the North/West concept.
These works are labour intensive and for those of us who do not quilt, we can only imagine the amount of work and skill that goes into each piece. For many of the artists participating in this exhibition, quilting is a rich and rewarding experience. The completion of a unique idea becomes a triumph as the treatment of surface, pattern, colour and form comes together into a final unique structure, which ultimately contributes to the craft.
An additional pleasure for the artist is the process of conceiving, designing and executing the quilt. The artist imbeds in their work a part of the way they view the world. These personal experiences/interpretations, as seen through their eyes, contribute to the experience of the viewer who can then see the world a different way.
Thank you to the Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum for the loan of the Prince George Quilters’ Guild Heritage Quilt. Thank you also to Jean Weller and Catherine Bradshaw for their assistance with the preparation of this exhibition.
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