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Current Exhibits

Stitching California

Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land showcases an exciting collection of art quilts that interpret the complexities of the Golden State. Enjoy a balanced show of beauty, originality, thought-provoking content, realistic and abstract imagery, and quality workmanship.

Presenting a well-rounded picture of a complex state, Stitching California displays works from over 40 artists working in California and neighboring states today. Their dynamic offerings pay tribute to iconic California views, and to the beautiful native flora of the state. But distinct, darker themes also emerge: the impacts of climate change through drought, flood, and fire. Rendered in diverse ways, Stitching California’s 2D and 3D fiber works contain references to industry, economy, geography, and topography, and run the emotional gamut from hope to despair.

Stitching California originated at the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House in Ukiah, CA and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Studio Art Quilt Associates.


About the Artists

Stitching California includes work from many contemporary fiber artists working in California, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon. Artworks in the exhibition were selected by jurists Katie Pasquini Masopust and Karen Holmes. Katie is an award-winning fiber artist and successful teacher and lecturer. She is also a prolific author on creative quilting,and is the executive director of Colorado’s Alegre Retreat at the Gateway Canyons Resort. Karen’s background is in art history, graphic design, and archival studies. She is a curator at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, Mendocino County, where she has created and designed numerous exhibits related to the art and artists of the stateStitching California was curated by Holly Brackmann and Jennifer Landau of Studio Art Quilt Associates, a nonprofit organization whose members challenge the boundaries of art and change perceptions about contemporary fiber art.

"Paradise Lost" by Penni Barger
"Sierra Snowpack, 1975–2015" by Giny Dixon
"El Dorado Crush" by B. Lynn Tubbe

This exhibit is locally sponsored by a generous donation from The Sitton Family.