Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Four Days of Tunes...and Many More Art Quilts

We just returned from one of the best Merlefests ever!  Thursday night was Alan Jackson.  He gave a great performance, but we were disappointed that he only sang songs from his bluegrass album.  Not a single one of his gazillion country hits!  Friday started out rainy.  We went to one indoor concert in the auditorium.  Then the sun came out, and the weather was perfect for the rest of the weekend!  We saw our favorites, The Kruger Brothers, several times during the weekend.  They are fabulous musicians that made the hillsides ring with their singing and strings.

Friday night was my favorite concert of all...Old Crow Medicine Show!  High-energy and great music!  Saturday we saw Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush.  Sunday was a treat, because in addition to Merle Haggard, we listened to sounds of popular old-time country groups like The Statler Brothers, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, the Eagles..all because Jimmy Fortune was playing with the Daily and Vincent band.  Good times!

We stayed over in the mountains Sunday night and enjoyed a quiet night on our cabin porch after all the excitement of the festival.

We got home to Raleigh on Monday night, tired but happy!

Okay, on to more quilts from the Art Quilts Whimsy! Exhibition at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC.

Weedy Sea Dragon, by Gwen Brink

The next quilt has interesting cutouts in the center of the red hexagons.
Bend It Wright I, by Ruth A. White

 This next one is fun, reminiscent of the paintings by Salvador Dali.  It is called Furrealism ...Dali Has Gone to the Dogs, by  Pauline Salzman.  It is hanging next to my piece in the show.

On the topic of dogs, here is a charming quilt called Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, by Jennifer June.

A very colorful quilt in the collection is this one called New York Clambake: Digger's Dozen, also by Ruth A. White

Next is Submerged, by Patricia Powers.

Post-Modern Log Cabin, by Sarah Bearup-Neal, looks bright and colorful in the hallway prior to entering the main display room downstairs.

 Here is the second quilt in the show by my mentor, Pamela Allen of Canada.  She calls this one A Crane in My Back Yard, and wishes that it was the avian kind of crane instead of the giant construction machine.

There are more quilts in the show that I have not photographed yet.  I had to delete some pictures off my i-Phone before it would let me save any more!  I should be going back out there soon.

I hope you have enjoyed my previews of the show so far.


Sharon said...

The colors in these quilts are so vibrant. I booked marked your site and found it again just today. As a traditional quilter, I also appreciate your time and talent as an art quilt. SEW beautiful.

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