I wrote last week about the member exhibit at Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft in Louisville. The museum has another show just ending, a survey of 50 years of work made by members of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Like the member exhibit, this one has plenty of quilts on display, but the tone is more retro, as you might expect from a show reaching back over the last half century. Here are some of the highlights.
Alma Lesch was the godmother of fiber art in this part of the world and her signature style was to use garments to symbolize their former wearers -- here, her own prom dress.
Janet Serrenho, Chasing the Rainbow, 2011, 83 x 71"
Jane Burch Cochran, Last Suppers, 2007, 69 x 66"
Finally, a powerful piece that strangely was displayed without letting the viewer in on the meaning. I learned only from reading in the newspaper later that the subject of the quilt is the last meals ordered by prisoners on Death Row. But without this information at the museum, I walked past without stopping to scrutinize. Geez, people, hide your light under a bushel!