Originally planned for March 2010, Lark Books’ 500 Art Quilts is ahead of schedule. The 8x8 paperback, celebrating contemporary works of fiber art, will be released at the end of this month. Advanced copies have been sent to the featured artists, and have been received with pride and excitement.
SAQA-Connecticut members Liz Alpert Fay, Margaret Phillips and Barbara McKie are featured in 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work. Barbara McKie received a copy this week and had this to say about the book:
“Much to my surprise I received my 500 Art Quilts book this morning! Wow, what a great medium we all work in with wonderful work going on! Very well organized in that each two page spread works to compliment each piece. Organized by theme and color, but it keeps moving and the themes come up many times as you go through the book. To find any particular artist, you have to go to the index. Allow at least 3/4 of an hour just to browse through the work.”
SAQA is represented well; members from the USA and around the world are included in the book. Dena Crain (Kenya), Pat Dolan (Pennsylvania), Noriko Endo (Japan), Jamie Fingal (California), Gloria Hansen (New Jersey), Jean Judd (Wisconsin), Pat Kumicich (Florida), former SAQA Presidents Judith Content and Yvonne Porcella, and Gwyned Trefethen of Massachusetts (whose quilt “Botswana Beauty” is featured on the title page), are some of the artists in 500 Art Quilts.*
Lark Book’s 500 series (including subjects like Handmade Books, Baskets, Beaded Objects and Ceramic Sculptures) is a celebration of art and fine craft.
The art work in 500 Art quilts is presented with beautiful full color images, juried by Karey Bresenhan.
* Of course this is not a complete list but just the ones I knew of at blog-post-time. Please leave a comment if your work is included in 500 Art Quilts. Thanks, and Congratulations to all the featured artists! –Kate Themel