Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The MCOTW-CANADA and MCOTW-International Show Opening Saturday, May 21st was a stunning way to meet and greet friends, old and new! So very happy to have those who attended there with us!

The Blueberry Patch, Ann Fales, Thomasburg, ON

The Canadian Artist's quilts arrived as scheduled in April... and both Micaela at the Museum and I send many thanks to all of our artists for the MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA Show! The stunning group of 40 quilts had a 'soft opening' the weekend of May 14th for local marketing and tourism professionals in the Stratford area, and they were well received for sure!

Micaela shared her expertise in hanging the exhibitions with her staff and summer Interns, who quickly picked up the pace and were working to lay out the beautiful SAQA International quilts just as I arrived on Thursday, May 19th... and what a wonderful corridor Gallery the quilts were destined to hang in... newly painted and very well lit! The quilts will surely be admired and stand as a hugely beautiful exhibition for the three months in the Gallery at Stratford Perth Museum!

The hanging of the quilts requires special expertise, and creating the landscape of art, displayed at just the perfect height for all to enjoy, and with carefully placed balance of space between each piece, is a masterful skill that requires a chorus of small tips and tricks that professionals acquire and share with their colleagues along the way.

When the quilts are up, and properly spaced, with the lights focused to highlight the special effects created in each of the 41 International quilts by their designers, the corridor Gallery becomes a magical and awe inspiring refuge for the viewers. They walk, and contemplate the subject and the techniques, and think about the skill and daring that goes into each creation as the process starts and works through to such a brilliant finish. Several pieces were purchased on Opening Day, and the many more, all available for sale, remain languishing in the viewers minds as that one piece that perhaps they could possibly stretch the budget to secure for their collection or home. ( A price list for the work is available with your catalog purchase from the Museum).

Each of our 81 quilts is a special story in and of itself... and no two are remotely alike. That is what is so special about ART QUILTS... they tell the story, impart the feelings and memories and yes, the enormous and recognized skill of their makers. Original in design, they offer up a special feeling of content... their beautiful colour and stitch emphasizing the strengths of each artist.

As you gaze back down the corridor from back to front, the hallway comes alive, with many steps to take in careful study and with memories to keep of work that speaks to you - perhaps as a perfect example of perfectly executed stitch, or a colour palette that moves your soul - each viewer sees the art differently, and is moved to pay special attention to detail, lest they forget.

LISA ELLIS, SAQA President, was on hand Saturday May 21st to provide the Exhibitions Opening Reception welcome to all of our artists and visitors. She certainly encouraged everyone to enjoy the beautiful art work that lined the hallway and the Galleries at Stratford Perth Museum. It was wonderful to have Lisa and other visiting SAQA arts professionals with us at the Opening. Christine Nielsen, SAQA Board Member and Atlantic Canada Representative and  Margaret Blank, Western Canada Regional Representative were with us as well.

Look for the side entrance into the Stratford Perth Museum
The museum gallery is housed in a newer addition attached to a century home that is currently accommodating two beautiful exhibitions of costumes and sets from the Stratford Theatre productions... The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Myths, Magic and Messages. This is certainly another wonderful opportunity to share with family or friends some of the secrets of NARNIA or the beauty of the costumes themselves - fibre, pattern and stitch!

The catalog artwork inspired the hanging of the quilts and and labels.

Micaela and her team worked tirelessly to assemble the artwork for the MCOTW Catalog just received as the Opening happened last weekend and now  available in the Museum office.

This beautiful photo/story book shares the artwork and the artist statements and will be a wonderful snapshot of these exhibitions for years to come. Available in person or by mail, please contact the Museum staff for your copy. Order several for gifts for special friends. ($6 each)

All Canadian Art works in Lower Gallery - beautiful, each one!

The Lower Gallery in the main Museum area just to the right of the reception desk is hung with the Canadian quilts and a stunning study in colour, line, shape, form and technique. The elements created to attract the viewers are many and the fabrics speak to the stories that the artists worked so hard to tell.. the beauty of their own homeland surroundings, the lakes, the changing seasons, the landmarks and the travels we all love in this vast and different landscape that takes us across this amazing country of Canada. 

 AUGUST, Mita Giacomini

The stunning array of art works by our 77 artists is a statement to the excellence in workmanship and design savvy demonstrated in each piece.
In all of the walks through both galleries I did over the three days at Stratford Perth Museum, my heart kept taking me back to the beautiful stitch work of Canadian artist, Mita Giacomini with two pieces in the Exhibitions. Totally hand stitch!
Canadian works by Janet Scruggs, Judith Martin, Kate Madeloso and Gunnel Hag

The red wall in the Gallery certainly was a perfect backdrop for the work of our Canadian artists and called the viewers close for a look into the art work, techniques used and the magical results!

More news to follow... and hoping each of you have the chance to get to the Stratford Perth Museum between now and the September 5, 2016 closing weekend. Catalogs are available from the Museum
and you can call or write: (Our MCOTW artists have/will all receive a catalog along the way)

Stratford Perth Museum
4275 Huron Road, RR#5
Stratford, ON N5A 6S6
(Highway #8, just west of Stratford)

A view from the upper corridor into Lower Gallery Canadian to the beautiful works by artist Margaret Notar with friends Ilene Atkins, Dorothy Holdenmeyer, Judy Pearce and Nancy Winn followed by art quilts from Robin Field, Susan Tilsley Manley, Linda Coulter, Lynne McCulloch and Paula Jolly