Monday, August 16, 2010

Road Trip!

Three members of my bee and I had fun today on a quilty road trip.  We met at Quilts Like Crazy in Wake Forest, our LQS where Donna Sontag is the long-arm quilter.  From there, we stopped by Tuxedo Junction, a new entertainment venue in Wake Forest offering live music and dancing.  I had read about a display of Roxanne Lessa's textile art at Tuxedo Junction.  We were able to go in for a quick visit with her beautiful artwork.  She had both large and small works on the walls.  Many of her pieces featured very organic leaves, flowers and trees.  This was one of my favorites.
Roxanne Lessa, Crepe Myrtle One: Summer
From there, we were off to Cary, NC for the PAQA-South exhibit at the Page-Walker House.  Before we even looked at the quilts, we decided to visit the temporary outdoor sculpture exhibit in the gardens before it got too hot.  This piece was one of my favorites.  It has two layers of scroll work, with light diffused differently through the varying sizes of openings.

This one, Balancing Act, was probably the most whimsical and fun.

Although, the kids probably enjoyed the sandbox inside this giant bucket.

Inside the bucket the sand is flowing out and it looks like houses have been submerged in a flood.

The sculptures were impressive in stature and design.  This was a handsome fellow.

I know goats like to is one on a two-story pole.

I liked the attitude on this little guy, titled "Electric Slide."

The giant dragonfly was a shiny sight to behold in the garden.

Inside the historic Page-Walker House, we were treated to some terrific art quilts.

One of my favorites was by local quilter but international teacher, quilt judge and author Jane Hall.  She is known for very precise, graphically pleasing foundation-pieced quilts, especially pineapple log cabin quilts.  This one in soothing greens is called Hope---the thing with feathers, and was made in response to 9/11.

Jane Hall, Hope---the thing with feathers
There were two quilts by Annette Rogers of Raleigh.  (I happen to own one of her quilts that I purchased at an online auction for a cancer fundraiser.)

Annette Rogers, Water's Edge

Annette Rogers, Ebb & Flow

There were several by another  local quilter named Lyric Kinard, who is getting well-known by virtue of articles in Quilting Arts Magazine, a book, a teaching DVD, appearances on Quilting Arts TV, and many teaching engagements.  And many ribbons from national shows!

There were also several pieces by former members of my Anything Art quilt bee- both Margaret Jordan and Antoinette Brown.  That made me beam with pride for them!

Margaret Jordan, "Is This the Way to the Secret Garden?

Antoinette Brown, Twelve Months

There were several more delights to behold from Roxanne Lessa.

Roxanne Lessa, Ripples
Roxanne Lessa, In Orbit

These are by no means all of the quilts on display.  After we finished at the Page-Walker House, we had lunch at the Food Factory, then went to Etc. Crafts, Mill Outlet Village, and finally back to Quilts Like Crazy.  A mini-stash-dash and art extravaganza day!


Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous post of eye candy and inspiration!!! You were really on the go!! thank you so muc for sharing your marvelous day with us!!!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love to look at art quilts. These are all beautiful. My favorite picture is of the big sand bucket though....What a great sandbox....