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Florida International Museum presents two quilt exhibits from Nov. 6 to Jan. 10
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2009) — Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College will present two quilt exhibits featuring more than 100 nationally recognized artists as well as a selection of the best quilts by Pinellas County artists.
The exhibits, Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Sew – It’s Art!, explore the art and traditions of contemporary quilt-making. They will run from Nov. 6 through Jan. 10 at the museum at 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts features dozens of works from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (www.rmqm.org) in Golden, Colo., one of only a few quilt museums in the country. Quilts in the collection are as diverse as the makers.
Art quilts usually aren’t practical for use. They are created to evoke a specific thought, idea or message. Typically, they include such unusual materials as canvas, paint, paper and found objects.
“This collection offers the viewer a path from what was traditionally considered women’s work to cutting edge fine art,” said Christine Renc-Carter, FIM associate curator. “Quilting is an art form that appeals to a broad range of viewers, even those who may not be interested in conventional art.”
Sew – It’s Art! allows patrons to view a selection of the best from Pinellas County’s quilt guilds and explore the influences of history and tradition as local quilters combine contemporary materials and subject matter with age-old techniques.
This exhibition features six Pinellas County quilt guilds: Hidden Stitches of Florida (Clearwater), Largo Crackers Quilters (Largo), Procrastinating Quilters Guild (Clearwater), Suncoast Quilting Circle (St. Petersburg), Surface Design Guild of Tampa Bay (Largo) and Quilter’s Crossing (Palm Harbor).
Members of these guilds share a common love for fabric, needle and thread. This diverse group is a part of a larger quilt community that is committed to giving, trading and sharing their talents.
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts, and Sew – It’s Art! open at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4 p.m. daily. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission: Adults $8; seniors (62+) and military, $6; groups and students $5; age 6 and younger free.
For more information, contact Kathy Oathout, Director of Operations, at 727-341-7904, or visit www.spcollege.edu/FIMuseum.
EDITORS: Images are available on request. For information about various programs and presentations relating to the quilt exhibits, please see the attached schedule.