The Minerva Arts Centre had a special Sunday opening so that the contemporary art quilt group Six and Friends, whose work graces our current exhibition, could meet visitors and talk about their work. Hilary Beattie gave a fascinating demonstration of a lively technique for creating a background for applied silhouettes.
It isn’t often that SiX and Friends can get together – it is a shame that Catherine Nicholls could not be here, but she and Edwina Mackinnon will be back in August to run workshops. Along with Orientation by SiX and Friends, the exhibition includes work by Cauldron, and a selection of Canadian Red Cross quilts. Dr. Anna Mansi is giving a talk on these vintage quilts on August 3 – see our website for details. The exhibition is on until September 7 2013.
This summer’s must-see quilt exhibition is now open.
On Sunday members of The Quilt Association, and friends of the Association were invited to the preview. The Minerva was dressed in her new garb and looked very smart.
Despite the glorious weather and the Wimbledon final, lots of supporters came and contributed to the lively atmosphere. The quilts were, of course, the main attraction, but the chat, the shopping opportunity, and the wonderful buffet (thanks to Jean Pegg, Jeni Morrison and Christine Cooper for their kindness) seemed important too!
The retiring chair of the board looked pensive as he contemplated all the free time he will have:
our new chair started as she means to go on, by being charming and attentive to the guests:
and the quilts kept their thoughts to themselves.
Our annual summer exhibition will open its doors on July 8. This year is a fantastic mix of old and new with WWII Canadian Red Cross quilts, contemporary work from North Wales group Cauldron, and Orientation, (including new work) by SiX and Friends. Of course there will be a post and images of the highlights later in July, but for now, here are some snaps of the volunteers who each year create a stunning display.
First – the most important member of the team
Our trusty ladder!
A lot of pondering by the hard-working and determined exhibition team, and a lot of up a bit, down a bit…
By July 8, The Minerva Arts Centre will be a Shangri La of beauty and serenity – but we’re not quite there yet!