Exhibit Opening, Lecture     

Quilts on the Edge

Free and open to the public
Thursday, May 23, 2019
6PM – 8PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Exhibit Opening, LectureAudience(s): Family-friendlyLocation: Portland

The metaphor of “the edge” opens many possibilities for quilt artists in the Oregon region. The pieces juried into On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists approach the concept in many ways, each according to personal experience, artistic process, and choice of subject. Quilts themselves are on the edge —the edge of being considered “art.” Ann will show her evolution as a quiltmaker, and at the same time, illustrate how her quilts express different ways of being on an edge. Guests will also be invited to view the exhibit and to talk with artists whose work is on display.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About Ann Johnston

Ann learned to sew; then she learned to dye fabric. In between, she earned a BA in Literature from Stanford University and an MA in Geography from the University of Oregon, married Jim, worked in Peace Corps Peru, and taught school in the United States. In the 1970s, she was making traditional-style quilts in rural Oregon, dyeing fabric to get solid colors. By the early 1980s, she was using only her own hand-dyed fabrics, dye painting whole cloth images of the natural world. By the late 1990s, she learned many more dyeing, construction, and stitching techniques. You can see some of the changes in greater detail in her books, The Quilter’s Book of DesignIn 2010, she started her current series, as she continues to explore the possibilities of dye and new construction methods, as shown in her book, The Contact: Sierra Nevada, Dyed & Stitched. Learn more about Ann’s work at www.annjohnston.net.

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