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
Printonyx Julie Weaver
470 Reed Street Turning Stars
Islanders Bank Krispi Staude
225 Blair Street Big Q
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
On The Wind
San Juan Island Library Vintage quilt, Ca. 1950’s
1010 Guard Bambi and Friends
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 www.sjima.org 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.