Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is exhibiting over 25 quilts in Piecing Together a Changing Planet – a juried exhibition of fiber arts highlighting climate change in America’s national parks. The exhibit will be on view November 14, 2016 – January 14, 2017 in the Sandra J. Blain Gallery. Community members are invited to view the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6-8 pm. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 10 am – 4pm.
Piecing Together a Changing Planet is a collaboration between Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Florida and Biscayne National Park. Opening at Biscayne National Park’s gallery, the exhibit has travelled to nine other national park venues across the country. The exhibition coincides with this year’s centennial celebration of the National Park Service, marking the beginning of a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks.
Unlike utilitarian quilts used as bed coverings, these art quilts convey the beauty and fragility of the environment and the urgency of climate change in ways that touch the heart and soul. All quilts were created by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, a 3000-member national organization dedicated to promoting art quilts through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation and publications.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Arrowmont will be exhibiting quilts from its permanent collection. Arrowmont’s permanent collection includes nearly 1,000 works in a variety of arts and crafts media. Made by the hands of current and past Arrowmont instructors, individuals from the settlement school’s days and past artists-in-residence, the works represent the school’s past, present and future.