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View celebrates quilting, fiber arts with multiple October events

Posted 9/18/19

OLD FORGE — View, the Center for Arts and Culture will host a series of quilt and fiber themed events in October: • On display: On Saturday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be an opening …

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View celebrates quilting, fiber arts with multiple October events


OLD FORGE — View, the Center for Arts and Culture will host a series of quilt and fiber themed events in October:

On display: On Saturday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be an opening receptions for the following exhibits:

“2019 Quilts Unlimited, Fiber Form and Function;” “Keeping with Traditions: Star,” “Fiber Works,” “Katonah-ish,” “It’s a Mystery!” (all on display Sept. 28-Nov. 2); “Tree Stories and Land-Scapes by Julie Bero-Emerson” (on display now through Oct. 19); and “Take Home Today: Table Runners.”

The reception is open to the public.

2019 Table Runners Exhibition features handmade table runners available for purchase at $100 to take home the same day. The table runners are on display now through Jan. 4, 2020.

As a complementary exhibition to View’s Quilts Unlimited exhibition, “Fiber, Form and Functionhighlights other fiber art forms, including weaving, embroidery, needle felting, and more. This exhibition will be available for viewing from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26.

The exhibition series, Keeping with Traditions, is dedicated to quilting’s traditional patchwork origins, focusing on a star theme.

Fiber Works is an exhibition featuring a group of committed fiber artists sharing the common interest of expanding the boundaries of their creativity by exchanging ideas, influences, and experiences. The pieces on display cover a wide range of techniques, from close relationships to traditional quilt.

Katonah-ish is an exhibition by a small art group who enjoy making slice quilts, but challenge themselves with a different approach. Working from an old drawing and new photographs, they sliced the main street of Katonah, into 6 sections and created their own versions of familiar buildings in this quaint community with a unique history.

The It’s a Mystery! exhibition is from the Old Forge Pointed Pine Quilters, who were engaged in a Mystery Quilt Project in the beginning of 2019.

“With a Mystery Quilt you only know, from the instructions given to you, the yardages required and whether you need to select lights, mediums or darks,” the group said. “The design is revealed to you, step by step, until the big reveal in the final step.”

• 2019 Quilts Unlimited Opening Day Lecture and Luncheon on Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year will feature a lecture by Lorry Chwazik.

What is the definition of a successful quilt? Can quilts be considered an art form? And what happened to the rabbit that chewed a hole in a handmade quilt that took years to make? Lorry Chwazik will explore these questions and more in a trunk show that illustrates how our quilts can be as individual and eccentric as their makers.

As a self-taught quilter with over 250 completed quilts and more fabric than she could use in a dozen lifetimes, Chwazik has conceded that quilting might be something with which she is a bit obsessed.

As a retired school librarian and a card-carrying introvert, she both worries and finds comfort in the fact that in her future there may never be a reason to ever leave her quilt studio again.

And as a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, Chwazik can also answer questions about what the judges look for in a blue ribbon quilt — while her own quilts may look like they were assembled after imbibing in a little too much blue ribbon beverage.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for fresh coffee. The lecture begins at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. The award ceremony will begin up at 1 p.m. To register for the lecture and luncheon, please visit There may be some availability to register at the door the day of the lecture and luncheon.

Cost to attend and participate is $30, $25 for View members.

More on the 2019 Quilts Unlimited Exhibition

Exhibition will be available for viewing from Saturday, Oct. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 9, and includes a variety of pieces in the fiber based quilting medium. 

There are two jurors this year:

Juror of Selection, Pat Harrison is a Certified Judge and Webmaster of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. She teaches, lectures, and judges nationally, in addition to being a pattern designer and award-winning long-arm quilter. A retired school librarian and teacher, she has won numerous awards for her quilts at major shows. Pat lives in rural Rhode Island with her retired mechanical engineer husband.

Juror of Awards, Lorry Chwazik, is a passionate quilter and historian. She writes: 

Quilting workshop: Take A Hike, instructed by fabric artist Sharon Bottle Souva, on Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The natural world is full of wonder and beauty, a perfect place to find design ideas for quilts. This workshop is about translating that inspiration into a small originally-designed wall quilt. By breaking down an inspirational photo or picture to its basic design elements, participants will use a combination of piecing and fused appliqué to create unique works of art. Machine quilting completes and enhances the design elements. Participants are asked to please bring their sewing machines.

Cost of the workshop is $165, $150 for View members. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Register online by Oct. 12 at .

To view Sharon’s work, go online to:

View is located at 3273 Route 28. To learn more about
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