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Sacred Threads: A Divine Exhibition

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Sacred Threads is a biennial exhibit of quilts exploring themes of joy, spirituality, peace/brotherhood, inspiration, grief, and/or healing. The show is always brimming with creativity and innovation as quilts are required to be either an original design or an original execution of a traditional pattern.

The 2019 exhibition will be held July 11-28 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171, just minutes from Dulles Airport, outside Washington, D.C.

'Suspended Moments' by Gabriele DiTota
'Suspended Moments' by Gabriele DiTota
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There were a total of 520 entries for the 2019 exhibit; 245 quilts were accepted, with careful consideration given to assuring a balance in the categories and the overall viewer experience.

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L: 'Coming Home' by Ana Leonor Sumner, R: 'Botanical Gardens of Salt Lake City' by Marcia Birken
L: 'Coming Home' by Ana Leonor Sumner, R: 'Botanical Gardens of Salt Lake City' by Marcia Birken
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'Our Children, Our Hope' by  Nita Vono
'Our Children, Our Hope' by Nita Vono
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Nita Vono's quilt, "Our Children, Our Hope," explored the Peace & Brotherhood theme:

"When I saw photojournalist Neil Brandvoid's striking picture of children sleeping on the ground, in El Salvador, the night before departing on the migrant caravan, I was touched to my very soul on how much hope the parents of these children had in order to embark on such a treacherous journey.

When I composed the design for the quilt, I took elements from Neil's photo and flanked it with images of two of my own grandchildren to symbolize my sympathy for their journey. I question if I would be brave enough to travel to a new land for the hope of a better life for my children. We are nearly all immigrants to this country, whether many generations ago, or newly arrived."

'Glow In The Dark' by Laurie Ceesay Landree
'Glow In The Dark' by Laurie Ceesay Landree
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This exhibition was established to provide a venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.

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'Deconstructed Sunrise #1' by Gwyned Trefethen
'Deconstructed Sunrise #1' by Gwyned Trefethen
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'Together' by Meghan Welch Betts
'Together' by Meghan Welch Betts
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L: 'In the Now' by Marla Ferguson and R: 'Rising Up Again' by Susan Charles
L: 'In the Now' by Marla Ferguson and R: 'Rising Up Again' by Susan Charles
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This year's special installation is called "Eye Contact: creating a connection," and features 248 fiber/mixed media pieces. Each 23" wide x 5" high artwork features the image of human eyes looking at the viewer.

Three entries in the Eye Contact exhibition: Top: by Julie Dodd, Center: by Linda Carol Adrienne, Bottom: by Meryl Ann Butler
Three entries in the Eye Contact exhibition: Top: by Julie Dodd, Center: by Linda Carol Adrienne, Bottom: by Meryl Ann Butler
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Top: Eye Contact entries attached to boxes. Bottom: Barbara Hollinger holds one of the boxes.
Top: Eye Contact entries attached to boxes. Bottom: Barbara Hollinger holds one of the boxes.
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The first Sacred Threads exhibit was held in 2001 and subsequent shows have been held in the summers of odd-numbered years. The next one will be in 2021.

'Goddesses Rising' art quilt by Meryl Ann Butler (Can you find the 8 goddesses?)
'Goddesses Rising' art quilt by Meryl Ann Butler (Can you find the 8 goddesses?)
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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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Thanks for your coverage of this amazing show, Meryl Ann; stumbled across their website when I was looking at Gees Bend quilts and youtube. Was excited to see your pictures and write-up about this. Have you ever submitted your own work to one of these shows? The works shown are superb examples and so skillful.

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as soon as i wrote that, i remembered your Dalai Lama quilt! I'd love to see a quilt article featuring more of your own work!

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thanks, b. sadie, yes I have been in this show several times, and two of my pieces in this years' show are pictured in this article: the last photo in the article, "Goddesses Rising" was juried into this show. Also the Eye Contact piece shown above with the green eyes and the Mardi Gras mask is mine (the two pieces above mine in the photo are my students' work, we are all excited to be in this show!) Thanks for your interest, you can see more of my work (and students' work) at my website. Also, this little video (2 decades old!) shows a range of my work, including several pieces which have since been stolen. Thanks for your interest!

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Whoops the video link didn't post...i will fix i when i get back to my laptop

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Wow, Meryl Ann - Mind Blowing.

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