SJIMA Quilt Walk In Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor has turned into “quilt central” as the quilt walk engendered by the Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) gets underway.

Fourteen businesses and establishments feature 21 quilts made by San Juan Island quilters, primarily from the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild (RQAG). The quilt designs include traditional styles to innovative ones of abstract designs to vintage quilts and more.

Shortly, a card with the list of quilters, titles and locations along with a map will be available at the SJI Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and SJIMA as well as at each of the sponsor sites. All the sponsors welcome visitors to view the quilts during their regular working hours.

SJIMA is a location on the list and map as the whole museum collection should be seen and enjoyed. Quilts by Linda Cooper’s and Mary Zeretzke’s creations are on display there.

The Bean                                           Sheila Doyle
150 First Street                                 Fire and Ice

San Juan Island Chamber             Julie Weaver
of Commerce                                    Sunset
165 First Street                                 Nancy Best
(After July 15)                                   Winding Ways

Windermere Real Estate                Sue Beauchamp
50 Spring Street                               Irish Memory

Coldwell Banker                               Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
105 Spring Street                             Olympic View

Island Studios                                  Dorothy Ives
270 Spring Street                             Decision Point

Key Bank                                           Barb Snider
95 Second Street                              Kaffe Blocks
Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
                                                            Sunday Afternoon

Printonyx                                          Julie Weaver
470 Reed Street                               Turning Stars
                                                            Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
                                                            Dancing Cats
Modern Art

Islanders Bank                                 Krispi Staude
225 Blair Street                                Big Q
Disappearing Snowflakes

San Juan Island School District    Linda Cooper
285 Blair Street                                Asian Mix

San Juan Islands Museum of Art     Conversations With Gee’s
540 Spring Street                             Bend exhibition and Mary Zeretzke’s Reunion,
                                                             and Linda Cooper’s African Dance and Sedona Spires.

Friday Harbor Suites                        Linda Cooper
680 Spring Street                             The Journey Makes The Difference

Creative Passions                             Diane Martindale
635 Spring Street                             Polar Bear In The Tropics

Heritage Bank                                   Julie Weaver
535 Market Street                            Medallion
                                                            Carol Hooper
                                                             On The Wind

 San Juan Island Library                Vintage quilt, Ca. 1950’s
1010 Guard                                       Bambi and Friends
Barb Snider

The quilt walk will end on August 11, so enjoy it until then.

The exhibition Conversations With Gee’s Bend is open until September 3. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of US art. Artists across many mediums are expressing their own dialogue with the women and work of Gee’s Bend.

Museum hours are Thursday-Monday 11-5. Admission is $10, SJIMA members and those 18 and under are free. Mondays are Pay As You Can Days. Go to to explore the museum, exhibitions and workshops for adults, families and children. The theme of the 2018 exhibitions is The Female Gaze, The Woman as Visionary and Creator.

The RQAG made SJIMA their community project this year and made the pincushions and potholders inspired by Gee’s Bend quilts and island unique pincushions.  For the curious, the fabric of quilts is sun-sensitive, so they cannot be hung in storefront windows.

More locally made quilts will be on display in the Textile Building during the San Juan County Fair, August 15-18.

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 5:47 am by

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