Long Beach - Special Exhibits


More exhibits may be added at a later date.

    Pineapple 24/7 (44” x 44”) by Gyleen X. Fitzgerald


The 10th Anniversary:
Trash to Treasure Pineapple
Challenge, Take 2

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Under the cheerleading of teacher/artist Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, quilters from around the globe have created scrappy and stylized Pineapple quilts. The quilts here show how this one classic, but versatile block can be adapted to create works in traditional, contemporary, Modern, or any other quiltmaking genre with just a simple placement of fabric.

1876 She Who Must Be Named (87” x 90”) by Tori Hillstrom-Benz

The 1876 Centennial Quilt Project

Organized by Anne Dawson and Karen B. Alexander

After discovering an extraordinary antique quilt in an online quilt history forum and securing permission from its owner, a group of women from northwestern Washington began the journey of patterning and creating “new” versions of what was the 1876 Centennial Quilt. Set in a unique Medallion-style arrangement, each work features more than 70 different patterns apiece.



    Seashells (74” x 72”) by Delores Miller

Appliqué: The Timeless Beauty of Broderie Perse

Curated by Cynthia Collier

Chintz and broderie perse quilts first became popular in the late 18th to mid-19th centuries. Fueled by a passion for chintz, toile, and pillar print reproduction fabrics, today’s traditional-minded quilters are carrying on this important part of textile history with their own beautiful examples.


Art Deco Inspired Quilts

Inspired by geometric designs, streamlined forms, and sometimes offbeat colors, the Art Deco movement was stylish, influential, and omnipresent from 1925 through the 1940s. Art Deco was reflected in paintings, crafts, fine arts, architecture, and is carried on here in these quilts.


Art Nouveau – Craft as Art

From the 1880s until World War I, western Europe and the United States saw the development and ascent of the Art Nouveau style. Taking inspiration from the unruly aspects of the natural world, Art Nouveau influenced art and architecture, the applied arts, graphic work, and illustration. Some of its best-known practitioners include Toulouse-Lautrec, Tiffany & Company, Alphonse Mucha, and William Morris.


Backyard Escapes

This special Sacred Threads exhibit is designed to be seen as if in a sterile hospital setting. What brings peace in a backyard? Either real or imaginary, urban or rural, it can be something small like a blade of grass or large like an expansive view of a lake. What brings tranquility? The color palette, or the light in morning or evening? The artists here let their imagination inspire them to create something beautiful for patients and their families as viewed in a hospital setting.


Best of the West Coast Guilds: Award-Winning Traditional Quilts

The west coast of the United States is home to scores of quilt guilds and groups where members meet to share friendship, experiences, and create new works. This exhibit features some of the best traditional work done by quilters of all styles—appliquéd, pieced, wholecloth—and skill levels.


Both Sides Now

This collection of quiltsby Kathy York  proves – and very visually – that there really are “two sides to every story.” The front of each work here tells a tale from one point of view, while the back artwork counters with the opposite perception. It makes for a really unique exhibit and invites the viewer to be swayed…either way!


A Celebration of Color

Whatever your style…quilt colorfully! This annual judged competition and exhibit features works—created in a variety of styles and techniques—with vibrant and colorful d$500ns. Awards include a $550 Best of Show, and three $100 prizes each in Traditional, Modern, and Art categories.


Dune Seasons by Ann Loveless

This exhibit consists of eight panels depicting the beauty of northern Michigan and its seasonal changes.  Working from photographs, Loveless created her realistic panoramic landscape scenes with her original “collage” art quilt technique. Spring symbolizes renewal with awakening leaves and flowers. Summer depicts a sunset, water, dune grass, and birch trees in full bloom. Autumn is represented by warm and vivid colors. And Winter is showcased as nature goes into hibernation.


Hands All Around

Artists from around the world incorporate influences from their own cultures into the design and technique of their quilts. This prestigious, long-running international showcase includes a variety of recent quilts from international artists.

In the American Tradition

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Contemporary quiltmakers often look to the art form’s rich tradition for inspiration in their own works. This exhibit features recently-made quilts that incorporate traditional blocks, styles, and/or techniques.


Life’s a Beach

Quilts on the Wall is a group of southern California textile artists whose members wholeheartedly believe in the maxim proclaimed in this exhibit’s title. Viewers will experience the fun and excitement of the region’s beach communities. Ride the waves on a paddle board, enjoy the orange and turquoise sunsets, sip a margarita at beachside café, or put on a bikini and flip flops and get a tan!


Movies and Musicals: Hooray for Hollywood!

Hollywood’s rich artistic history has inspired moviegoers and fed their fantasies ever since the Silent Era. And everyone seems to have their own list of favorite films, actors, actresses, and directors. These quilts are inspired by those celluloid dreams—and the people who helped make them come to life across the decades.


Noble Menagerie

Creating portraits of farm animals began as a way for Timna Tarr to explore making photo-realistic quilts. Moving through the series, she realized that the images highlight the dignity and individual personalities in each animal. The construction process starts with a photograph blown up to 40” x 40” and ends with the piecing of the eye. That’s because Timna says she needs to get to know each animal before tackling the “window to the soul.”

Quilting as Therapy

Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event in which physical harm was threatened or occurred. A person with PTSD learns skills to cope with the disorder.


Rising Star—Terry Grant

This annual exhibit features the works of a specially selected quilt artists who has developed and demonstrated substantial creative growth over recent years. The subject for this exhibit is artist Terry Grant.


Sapphire Celebration

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Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem for 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival celebrated last year.


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Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze. Humankind has always dreamt of ways to fly from the mythological Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see the world above us.

SAQA: Connecting OuR
Natural  World

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This exhibit showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save them from extinction. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.



Viewpoints 9: Living Planet

Curated by Martha Wolfe

Nine artists from around the world are inspired by the same theme to create different works of art. The impact of language and cultural connotation are evident, as well as political influence and universal environmental concerns. The overall theme of the works is “The Living Planet.”