November 29, 2018 – January 25, 2019. Apartment One Gallery, Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
“Quilt Stories: Traversing Generations” is the first Livingston County installment of GLOW Traditions’ Quilt Stories project, initiated in 2017 in Wyoming County. It will feature quilts and needlework whose stories span two or more generations in a family. They are contributed by Wyoming County quilters who have participated in the project, sharing their history and recollections with our GLOW Traditions director, Karen Canning. Both heirloom and modern pieces will be represented, including pieces from Carol Boldt, Patricia Gilbertson, Marie Kuipers, and Valarie Werner.
Carol Boldt of Arcade, and Valarie Werner of Warsaw, each have pieces originating with their great-great grandmothers. The “Dresden Plate” pattern quilt was created for Valarie’s grandmother for her wedding present by Irish immigrant Isabel Mulcahy and her daughter, known to Valarie as “Little Grandma.” Carol received a quilt top passed down from German-born Dora Holts, to which she added (on the back) photos of the generations between them. Patricia Gilbertson of Gainesville inherited her mother’s “stash” of fabric which she continues to use in her creations, and Marie Kuipers (also from Gainesville) recently created an “I Spy” quilt for her grandchildren, using all scraps from clothes that she has made for them. These are just a few of the stories that inform and inspire these women’s work.
The show opens November 29, 2018. You are invited to a reception on January 10, 5:00-7:00 pm (snow date, January 17). Come enjoy the warmth and beauty of these local creations.