Once upon a time, a long time ago, before Covid 19 really hit the US, the SAQA show Aloft premiered at AQS Daytona Beach (late Feb). I was able to see its debut. I didn’t have a lot of time to ponder the quilts as I was sneaking in time at lunch and after teaching. I particularly enjoyed Aloft because it was positive and, well, uplifting. I have grown weary of “statement” shows and craved a positive exhibit.
I got a chance to hang out the with my Florida SAQA peeps and it was wonderful to get to know them better.
The SAQA table was hopping each time I visited and the audience loved the exhibit.
Here we go:
Ohio Fields, Carolina Seas, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, based on Library of Congress photos of the Wright brothers in flight.
Ekko, Sara Bradshaw. Ekko is catching a treat!
Night Owl, Judithe Roderick, based on a late night encounter.
Dezi’s Joy, Julie A. Bohnsack, based on a photo of Julie’s grandson as he learned to pump himself on a swing.
Give Rise, Deborah Boschert. The ladder represents hope. I love the shadow quilting on this!
Detail, Give Rise, Deborah Boschert. I adore this detail.
Sky Lanterns, Margaret L. Abramshe. Sky lanterns are like mini hot air balloons. Margaret was inspired by a Taiwanese festival; people send their lanterns aloft, symbolically rising above earthly troubles.
Tambuzi Takeoff, Sue Sherman, based on a photo of a Tambuzi greenhouse in Kenya with over a hundred weaver bird nests like these.
Transient in the Sky, Jerri Penney.
Flight From Portland, Lisa M. Thorpe, based on a photo taken from a flight home as they left the Portland airport.
Squirrel Aloft, Carla A. White. Scotland’s flying Red Squirrels are threatened by a virus and this quilt commemorates its fight for survival.
Boundless, Jill Kerttula based on a photo Jill took from a parking garage.
Tornado, Marianne R. Williamson based on a photo by Gregory Case.
Mandapas, Naomi S. Velasquez, inspired by cave art architecture in India.
Sky Gardens, Dan Olfe, inspired by 2 photos Dan took in Singapore, both inside and outside a greenhouse.
On the Wind, Betty Busby, based on her childhood memory of cicadas.
A View From a Different Kind of Room, Trish Morris-Plise. Trish is a “woman of the water” and Trish imagines herself perched atop a mast.
Mapforms #7, Michele Hardy. Michele wants to highlight the beauty of rivers running through various landscapes.
Hong Kong Taxi, Jean Renli Jurgenson. Jean imagines a toddler at the window looking down.
Milkweed and Hummingbirds, Sara Sharp.
Take Off, Jan Soules, a view from the plane.
Nocturnal Nectar, Christine Holden. Long-nosed bats seek out night-blooming flowers in the American Southwest.
Tree Singing, Wen Redmond. Can you hear the trees singing if you listen carefully?
I thought this was one of the best SAQA exhibits I’ve seen. I hope you enjoyed it too!
In this week’s newsletter I’ll write a bit about what’s happening in my studio and life during this time of crisis. If you’d like to receive my weekly newsletter there is a sign-up form at the bottom of the front page of my website. I hope all is well with you and you are weathering the storm. Blessings.
Linked to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.