The Wayne Art Center located in Wayne, PA is home to a wonderful biennial art quilt show. I am so fortunate that it is a 15 minute drive from my house. The name of the show is Art Quilt Elements and it draws entries from the top quilt artists from all over the world. The show is divided between 2 galleries and you just hold your breath as you enter each one with the anticipation of what you are going to see.
The show did not disappoint. Many of the works were cutting edge and exciting. Two trends were the use of sheers and hand stitching. Hand stitching may appear to be an oxymoron used in the same sentence as art quilts, but the integration was seamless. They did not look like your grandmother's traditional quilts.
There were some pieces that did not seem to merit being in such a prestigious show. But there are always questions about the judging process and how quilts are chosen. One in particular was sooooo very questionable. You must come to the show to see for yourself.
No photography was allowed in either of the galleries. But if you head to The Textile Blog, by John Hopper, you will get to see some photos that he had permission to show and an overview of the show. Art Quilt Elements will be there until May19th.
AND, if you love to walk, there is a rail trail, The Radnor Trail that you can hop on from the parking lot of the Art Center to take a beautiful 4 mile spring walk and digest the future of the art quilt.