Quilt exhibition and workshop hit the bull’s-eye for quilting aficionados



By Muskegon Museum of Art


The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA), in partnership with Guest Curator Nancy Crow, presents Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, a touring exhibition that showcases some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being created today. The exhibition runs from August 25 through November 6, 2016.


The juried, invitational exhibition features 50 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four-quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt-maker Nancy Crow.


The artists were challenged to create artworks that stretched the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Participating artists come from across the U.S. and abroad, with represented countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland.


$8 adult; $5 college student with ID; free for 17 and under; free for MMA members; free 4-8pm Thursday

MMA is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon
P: 231.720.2570 F: 231.720.2585


nancy crow workshopNancy Crow five-day workshop, Improvisational Exercises


In tandem with the Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts exhibition, Nancy Crow is offering a five-day workshop called Improvisational Exercises from August 22-26 for intermediate to advanced quilters. Participants must be good machine piecers and able to cut freehand.


The workshop has been specifically developed for students who want to become far more experimental using machine-piecing techniques. Students will be expected to work spontaneously and intuitively with nontraditional quilt-making techniques as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of “pre-planning” and “intellectualizing.”


Growth Rings by Valerie Maser-Flanagan largeStudents will learn construction and engineering techniques. Color, and the values of color, from light to dark, will be emphasized in all exercises so a great selection of fabrics must be brought to this workshop. Students will be working in solid colors the entire five days so there is no need to bring any printed or marbled fabrics, only solids whether commercial or hand-dyed.


Students are urged to come with an open mind and no agendas, ready for growth and for risk-taking.

Class Fee: $675 ($500 is non-refundable)

Location: Century Club Ballroom (downtown Muskegon), 356 W. Western Ave.

To register and secure a spot, full payment of $675 (credit card or check payment) is required. To register please call 231.720.2587 or contact Catherine Mott at cmott@mpsk12.net.