“My Corner of the World”, an exhibition of contemporary art quilts, opens Saturday, May 21 at the Stratford Perth Museum. Showcasing quilts from across Canada and around the world, this 81-piece exhibition presents the artists’ interpretations of their “corner of the world”. From Atlantic Canada to British Columbia, from the United States to Australia, and of course from southwestern Ontario, the quilts are as diverse as their makers. Some works demonstrate a strong connection to cultural heritage and to the land. Some provide an insight into a world of contemplation and reflection. Some make political statements, or capture a vignette of everyday life. Some are just plain fun! It’s a colourful and inspiring exhibition. On opening day, the Museum is excited to welcome many of the exhibiting artists, some of whom are travelling from as far away as Alberta and Texas. The artists are all members of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), an international organization with more than 3,000 members, whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Lisa Ellis, President of the Board of Directors of SAQA, will be speaking at the opening. Retired from 23 years in the aerospace industry, Lisa now focuses her energies on volunteer work and her passion for quilting.
One of 81 works on display – A Fall Day in Westport ~ by Joan Reive
In addition to her own art, Lisa works with the “Healing Quilts in Medicine” initiative, which commissions art quilts for installation in hospitals to improve the healing environment for patients and their families. My Corner of the World was developed by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions for the Stratford Perth Museum, in collaboration with SAQA International and SAQA’s Central Canada Regional Representative Bethany Garner.Exhibition dates: May 21 – September 5 Opening Reception: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 For more information: Micaela Fitzsimmons, Stratford Perth Museum 519-393-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org