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Memorial Day
Featuring work from the Center Street Cotton Collective

September 16 through November 5

A visit to the Mall in Washington DC on Memorial Day 2018 ignited an idea for a textile art exhibit chronicling what war has meant to us over the past 110 or so years. Ten quilters from the Center Street Cotton Collective were invited to participate.

Each artist in the group was challenged to make five distinct pieces responding to each of the five prompts “World War I”, “World War II”, “The Korean War”, “The Vietnam War” and “The War on Terror”. Participants could make their own interpretation so long as the result was a finished 24” x 24” piece with the traditional three layers (top, batting and backing) and the color red appeared somewhere on the face of the quilt. While most made their work from an American perspective some of the pieces reflect a more global approach.


Invitations were purposely extended to a group of makers having diverse styles and differing years of experience who would be able to interpret the prompt as a personal statement rather than conform to an expectation. On exhibit will be pieces made using traditional piecing style and on through abstract and innovative with many in-between/combinations of techniques.


The work should be viewed not as a competition and nor as works for sale. Rather, it demonstrates personal reactions and reflections about war which is seldom pretty. Each exhibit viewer will surely find one piece that touches them deeply. Viewers might notice that some artists made their five pieces as a series with a similar underlying theme while others worked on a “one off” approach. Some makers chose to include personal dedications to family or friends.

The hope is to show the diversity of understanding when ten fiber artists respond to the same brief prompt. The result, which will be seen hanging on the walls, is representative of how we can all see the same thing in an entirely unique dimension.

5 wars, 10 artists, 50 quilts.
Sadly war always seems to be a current event.


Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Friday

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