The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (RMQM) is starting 2019 with exhibits celebrating collaboration! Two exhibits will be on display in the museum that showcase quilting with two or more talented artists. On display from January 21 through April 20, It Takes Two to Tango: Collaboration Quilts and All in the Family: Family and Album Quilts from the RMQM Collection will show visitors how quilting artistry stems from a vibrant community.
It Takes Two to Tango features beautiful quilts from two-person artistry teams. Quilts from duos Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, and Jan Hutchinson and Gail Stepanek explore pattern and color in exceptionally different ways. Typically in these collaborations, one artist creates the quilt top (pieces the quilt) while the other adds intricate quilting to the total piece, with both artists sharing in the overall design and theme of the quilt. Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, both renowned artists and teachers, create organic and playful quilts that are exquisite triumphs of color and pattern. Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, a sister duo known for their quilting retreats who use inspiration from their travels to inspire traditional designs, create quilts with exceptional stitching and patterning in eye-catching color combinations. Jan Hutchinson and Gail Stepanek, who originally met on the internet and became instant friends, create quilts that are variations of sophisticated piecing designs in unusual and striking color combinations. Also on display will be quilts in collaboration with talented quilter Christine Perrigo of the Denver Metro Modern Art Guild, featuring artists Chawne Kimber, Latifah Saafir, Kathleen Probst, Karen Lee, and Stephanie Ruyle. Several traditions and techniques will shine in this show celebrating partnership and friendship.
Collaboration is continued in the museum’s small gallery with a selection of antique family and album quilts from the museum’s own collection. These quilts, often created by generations of quilters or quilting groups, commemorate special events and time periods, family traditions, and finishing signatures of all the quilters involved. Several quilts from the mid-1800s will be on display, as well as more contemporary album quilts.
A free opening reception for the exhibits is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, January 25. The reception is open to the public. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is open every day: 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 11-4 Sunday.