Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art Quilts at Panhandle Bank

I am pooped! I helped hang the new art quilt exhibit at Sandpoint's Panhandle State Bank today. We have the gallery space on the third floor, and I ended up racing up and down three flights of stairs more than once. Here is my section - a mix of new and older work. You might recognize a couple from previous exhibits- they needed to get out again. Detect a theme? Totally unintentional, but as I looked through what I thought would look good in this exhibit, I had an abundance of fall-themed work to choose from.

We had help from Gary who works for the bank and does such a great job getting the art to hang properly from the special system the bank has invested in.

Ok, here's a close-up of the quilt in the previous picture. I'm sure some of you needed a better look. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

I think we had about five POAC volunteers helping, plus a few of the art quilters dropping off their work who lingered and thought it was fun to help. Many hands make for quicker hanging for sure. Even so, it took us the better part of 4 hours to get everything up. Could it partly be because as the quilts were unfolded to oohs and aahs we forgot the task at hand and acted like quilters during a guild meeting show and tell? Each artist also has one piece that will be hung on the main floor in the community meeting room.

There were a few really big quilts, so we utilized the railing. This actually is really good as the art is difficult to see from the ground floor, but the quilts hanging over the railings attract the eye, alerting those entering the common area that something is going on up there. The second floor art is unrelated to our exhibit.

There's a lot of variety in this show. I took a tour before leaving, snapping some quick pics of most of the quilts. As I've gone through these, I realize I didn't get a good look at most of them, let alone note who had made what. I will have ample time to rectify that as this exhibit remains up through June 15th.

I wrap up this preview with my trio of maple leaf quilts below- they DO look quite nice together, although with that lighting fixture it was hard to get a good picture. If you find yourself in the area, I hope you'll stop by and enjoy!

Idaho Quilters: featuring Sheila Mahanke Barnes, Hermie Cline, Karla Harris, Terrie Kralik, Michele Keck, Terri Palmer, and Lynn Walters. March 18 - June 15, Panhandle State Bank, Sandpoint, ID


Sherrie Spangler said...

This looks like a great show -- a lot of variety!

June said...

Great exhibit. And the nice long time period is a plus. Hope you enjoyed your Irish this evenning.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks!. Yes, June, I put my feet up and found the Irish Cream just what I needed - enjoyed it thoroughly. Judi arrives tonight for the weekend - we have a tradition of imbibing Irish Cream when we get together, so the bottle may not last long. See what you'll be missing Sherrie? vbg