Saturday, February 2, 2008

Jonathan Holstein at the MAG

As part of the MAGnificent Inspiration: The Art Quilt program at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, the Gallery Council held a lunch and lecture with Jonathan Holstein. He is well known as a quilt collector, historian, author and co-curator of the 1971 Whitney Museum exhibition, Abstract Design in American Quilts.

The time flew by as he entertained us by displaying and reviewing many quilts brought in by audience members, as well as several from his private collection.

We were at front-row table #3 -- great comraderie and great for taking pictures!
From the left: Barb Seils, Pat Berardi, Mona Jean Easter, Carol Spreter, and Pat Pauly.

The other side of the table-- from the right: Beth Brandkamp, Charmaine Babineau, Nancy Hicks, Jeanne Simpson, and Bev Kondolf (hidden behind Pat).

Sitting next to the raffle ticket table didn't help create any winners at our table, but we were pleased that Claire Welch from our GV guild won the Bernina sewing machine.

For pictures of most of the quilts we saw, go to and also check out my friend Beth's blog

My favorites from Jonathan's collection were these improvisational tops made by Anna Mae Williams.

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