Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Arts, Culture & Film is sponsoring an exhibition of over 60 quilts, all 20-by-24 inches, from the Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational entitled "Ciao, Italy." Curators Mary Andrews of Grand Blanc and Marty Lawrence of Flint Twp. invited 59 Michigan fiber artists to create small quilts that depict Italy and related themes. The exhibition is on display in the Oakland County Executive Office Building through February 26.
"Imagine you've got passport in hand and just landed from your cross-Atlantic flight to Italy. Your tour begins." Andrews and Calhoun said. "We invite you to stroll through the gallery and enjoy the Italian city and country scenery; snapshots of carnivals, vacation or dream destinations; round Roman arches and numerals; Latin engravings; and influential Italians such as Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo."
Each quilt must be 20-by-24-inches in size and hang on a sleeve. After that, nearly anything goes. As Andrews and Calhoun have written of prior displays, "Our members are artists committed to using the quilt form as a vehicle for visual ideas. We represent a wide range of styles and prize our originality. Some members began as traditional pattern quilters; others began as artists looking for a novel medium. Following other's patterns is not what we are about."
"Ciao, Italy: 12th Annual Exhibit of the Michigan Quilt Artists" continues through February 26 at the Oakland County Executive Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (248) 858-0415.