The quilt and quilt art exhibitions was exhausting. In addition to trying to assimilate what I was seeing, my head was in a constant whirl of ideas for new projects of my own. Can you tell I've been isolated from the creative community for a while?! Tuesday night we only had time to take a quick look at the competition pieces but yesterday we took a more leisurely tour through the invitational work as well. There is so much more quilt art available in this show than a few years ago. I loved it! The traditional quilts were phenomenal and we all agreed that when we examined the $100K quilt on display it was worth every penny of the award! Sorry no pictures! Copyright issues prevent the posting of pictures of individual pieces but I've provided a couple of links to make up for it.
The couple of hours I spent as a volunteer in the SAQA exhibition were a lot of fun because I know several of the exhibitors and was able to talk with people about their work with a little bit of background knowledge. The 'Synthesis' exhibition by 18 Canadian members of SAQA has been touring since 2008 and will become part of a permanent gallery collection later in 2010. Elaine Quail's 'Hostas' certainly was a favorite among the viewers.
Before I broke my arm I had planned to send for a kit for the Trendtex Challenge but circumstances intervened. I spent some time with the numerous entries on displayed and renewed my vow to participate next time.
The unexpected bonus was a last minute opportunity to take a course with Dena Crain and to challenge myself to create a 'crystal' quilt. Dena teaches a number of techniques at Quilt University but to get to know her in a classroom setting was satisfying. I will be watching for future on-line courses with her.
Last night was a great adventure. I met Faye from High Line Alberta and was invited to have dinner with her, only to discover that her two sons would be joining us. We had a great time. Thanks to I-pod and camera I was introduced to the landscape and wildlife of this very northern part of the province - (only 200 kms) from the NW territories and the 60th parallel north. I left Faye talking with her sons and didn't get a chance to properly thank her. I know that she is not on-line and I don't have her last name or contact info so if anyone reading this can help me, I'd love to drop her a note. I wasn't able to find her classroom today.
After a quick stop for a great hamburger and chat with son and daughter-in-law we made it back home before dark - just in time for another shower to pass through. There is still a lot of snow remaining from earlier this week and the promise of some more in a couple of days. The joy of life in Alberta.