Virginia Spiegel,  Boundary Waters 83.

Virginia Spiegel, Boundary Waters 83.

H2OH! Art Quilts

September 5, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Water - it’s everywhere!  The majority of the earth’s surface is covered by water, and more than half of the human body consists of water. But water also plays an essential role in our survival. 

Organized by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and juried by California based artist and activist Linda Glass, H2Oh! Art Quilts highlights the impact of water on humans and the earth. SAQA received 521 artist entries for this exhibition, from which 34 were ultimately selected.

This exhibition encouraged artists to interpret one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth in their own unique, individual style, whether abstract, graphic, or representational. 

SAQA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Art Quilts are defined as a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.

Jurist and artist Linda Gass combines environmental activism and artmaking to bring awareness to land use and water issues in California. Using the lure of beauty, her colorful and highly textured stitched paintings encourage people to look at the hard issues we face.


Related Events:

Opening Reception

Thursday, September 5, 2019

5:00-7:00PM. Free for members and students, others $10

Come celebrate the opening of H2Oh! Art Quilts. There will be passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Artist Lecture

My Wabi-Sabi World: Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places with Barbara Schneider

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:00-7:00PM, Free*

Join quilt artist Barbara Schneider as she leads a discussion on fine art quilt making and her practice of “wabi-sabi,” finding beauty in things that are imperfect.

*This event is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. "Bill" Gautch.


quilted postcard workshop with jennifer sanborn

Sunday, November 10, 2019

1:00-3:00PM, Free*

In this two hour workshop, participants will use fabric and fusibles to create quilted postcards that can be sent through US Mail.

*This event is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. "Bill" Gautch.

Community Exhibition

September 5, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Oberton Education Room

Quilts inspired by water created by members of the Winona Area Quilt Guild will be on display in the Oberton Education Room throughout the run of the exhibition.



exhibition sponsor

Exhibition support from a Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation grant

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