Many times I've sent a quilt off for a show, knowing that it will be on tour for a while. I tend to kind of forget about these travelers, having said good-bye without a firm idea of when they will come home. At the moment I have two travelers, both in SAQA exhibitions that are getting wonderful exposure around the world.
Last week I got a message that Forced to Flee, the show about refugees that is now on display at Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne FL, will be going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK in 2022. Before then it will be at several museums in the US.
Then this morning there was another message, saying that Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric, which has been on the road since it debuted in Houston in 2017, will be going to Germany next year. The show has already been in three venues in Japan, and will be going to China in September. It just closed earlier this week after a two-month run in Memphis.
And here's a little bit of my quilt in the banner of the email, at the far right:
I wasn't able to see the show in Memphis but Jackie Watkins sent me a picture of my quilt there.
SAQA's shows are the main reason that I belong to that organization. I've lost count of how many times I've had work in their shows, and I am always pleased with the quality of every aspect of the operation. Bill Reker does a great job of finding venues for the traveling shows and manages all the hassle of shipping. Hats off to Bill and to SAQA for world-class show management. Thank you!
Update: the huge quilt on the left wall is Letters from a Friend II, by Els van Baarle