Annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibition reception tonight

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OLD FORGE — The annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibition will be unveiling the extravagant works of fiber arts, created by some of the most preeminent quilters in the country at View, the center for arts and culture, on Oct. 2. 

The 70 quilts on display demonstrate a wide variety of techniques and approaches to the medium—from the traditional to the contemporary. Each artist takes the idea of quilting in very unique directions with an extremely sophisticated level of commitment to design, personal creativity and craft. This year’s exhibition will include 20 quilters from New York, 44 from across the country, and 6 international quilters.

To celebrate this year’s exhibit, View Members and Exhibiting Artists are invited to a special Opening Reception today, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday the Quilts Unlimited Lecture and Luncheon will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and will feature the exhibition’s Juror of Awards, Kathie Beltz. Continuing the celebration further, View is offering half-off admission to the galleries for the Opening Weekend, Oct. 2 and 3.

A new event added this year is the ADK Quilt Conference Oct. 18-20. The Conference will offer a series of workshops and lectures that will invigorate the imagination of quilters of all experience levels. For more information and to register for the Luncheon or Conference, go online to ViewArts.org.

Other exhibits on display alongside “Quilts Unlimited” are: “Keeping with Traditions: Hexagons”; “Red & White Quilts”; “4x12 Exhibition”; “Judson Brown: Painting Connections”; “Take Home Today: Table Runners”; and “Life Forms: a Solo Exhibit by Mallory Zondag.”

The Juror of Selection for Quilts Unlimited is Brenda Gael Smith. Creating at the “other” Copacabana on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia, Smith was a corporate and regulatory lawyer in another life, and she brings these skills to her creative practice of artmaking, exhibition administration, curating, judging, mentoring, and teaching synthesizing complex information, problem-solving and presenting elegant solutions.

Drawing upon 15+ years of exhibition administration, and 5+ years as conveyor of the QuiltNSW Judging Education Program, she has studied thousands of quilts and brings deep experience to judging and jurying assignments. During the pandemic, Brenda’s studio has morphed into a virtual classroom as she works with students from all around the world. Her teaching focus is on freeform piecing, effective design, and the use of colour to promote fun and encourage creative momentum.

The Juror of Awards is Kathie Beltz. Judging quilts since 2007, Beltz’s own quilts have won awards at shows across the country, including but not limited to; A Quilter’s Gathering, Home Machine Quilting Show, Images at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, quilts have been juried into the AQS show in Paducah in multiple years, winning ribbons in 2015 and 2017. In 2013, Beltz became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company, and in 2017, launched Kathie Beltz Quilt Designs, her own line of companion patterns for Studio 180 Design tools.

View is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. View is closed on Sundays after Columbus Day. Gallery Admission is $10, free for members. For more information, go online to ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.

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