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Home » Archives » June 2018 » SJIMA Quilt Walk In Friday Harbor

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06/23/2018: "SJIMA Quilt Walk In Friday Harbor"

Friday Harbor has turned into “quilt central” as the quilt walk engendered by the Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) gets underway.

Fourteen businesses and establishments feature 21 quilts made by San Juan Island quilters, primarily from the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild (RQAG). The quilt designs include traditional styles to innovative ones of abstract designs to vintage quilts and more.

Shortly, a card with the list of quilters, titles and locations along with a map will be available at the SJI Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and SJIMA as well as at each of the sponsor sites. All the sponsors welcome visitors to view the quilts during their regular working hours.

SJIMA is a location on the list and map as the whole museum collection should be seen and enjoyed. Quilts by Linda Cooper’s and Mary Zeretzke’s creations are on display there.

The Bean
150 First Street
Sheila Doyle
Fire and Ice

SJI Chamber of Commerce, 165 First Street (After July 15)
Nancy Best
Winding Ways
Julie Weaver

Windermere Real Estate, 50 Spring Street
Sue Beauchamp
Irish Memory

Coldwell Banker, 105 Spring Street
Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
Olympic View

Island Studios
270 Spring Street
Dorothy Ives
Decision Point

Key Bank, 95 Second Street
Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
Sunday Afternoon
Barb Snider
Kaffe Blocks

Printonyx, 470 Reed Street
Julie Weaver
Turning Stars
Lunnette Higdon-Hertel
Dancing Cats
Modern Art

Islanders Bank, 225 Blair Street
Krispi Staude
Big Q
Disappearing Snowflakes

San Juan Island School District, 285 Blair Street
Linda Cooper
Asian Mix

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, 540 Spring Street
Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition
Mary Zeretzke’s
Linda Cooper’s
African Dance and
Sedona Spires.

Friday Harbor Suites
680 Spring Street
Linda Cooper
The Journey Makes The Difference

Creative Passions, 635 Spring Street
Diane Martindale
Polar Bear In The Tropics

Heritage Bank, 535 Market Street
Julie Weaver
Carol Hooper
On The Wind

San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard
Barb Snider , Vintage quilt, Ca. 1950’s
Bambi and Friends

The quilt walk will end on August 11, so enjoy it until then.

The exhibition Conversations With Gee’s Bend is open until September 3. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of US art. Artists across many mediums are expressing their own dialogue with the women and work of Gee’s Bend.

Museum hours are Thursday-Monday 11-5. Admission is $10, SJIMA members and those 18 and under are free. Mondays are Pay As You Can Days. Go to to explore the museum, exhibitions and workshops for adults, families and children. The theme of the 2018 exhibitions is The Female Gaze, The Woman as Visionary and Creator.

The RQAG made SJIMA their community project this year and made the pincushions and potholders inspired by Gee’s Bend quilts and island unique pincushions. For the curious, the fabric of quilts is sun-sensitive, so they cannot be hung in storefront windows.

More locally made quilts will be on display in the Textile Building during the San Juan County Fair, August 15-18.

Tom Bauschke
John Evans
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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