A display of the International Challenge Art Quilt Show will be at the Yachats Commons, Feb 24 and 25, 2018. The theme is World Heritage Sites.
The concept for the International Quilt Challenge was born in 2003, after Izumi Takamori, owner of The Pin Cushion, a quilting store in Tokyo, Japan, met Sue Cutsogeorge of Eugene, Oregon during a quilters tour of Japan. Since then, Ms. Takamori and her quilting friends have challenged artists in various countries.
The show is a benefit for the Yachats Library Move Project. The city library is moving into the 501 Building, adjacent to the Commons. The quilts will be on display Saturday and Sunday Feb. 24 and 25. From 10 AM till 4 PM. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.00. High Tea and refreshments will be available for purchase. An additional exhibit of art quilts created by local artists Karen Donobedian, Lisa Taylor and Bonnie Thornton will be also be on display and for sale.
Themes of past exhibits have included the alphabet, world currency, world festivals, world painters, world fairy tales, and now for the second time World Heritage Sites.
The current group of quilts debuted at the 2016 Handmade Makers Show in Yokohama, November 2016. Since that time, they have toured Japan and South Korea, and are now touring the US. A large number of the US quilts have been made by fiber artists from the Pacific Northwest, including Yachats artist Ruth Bass.
Quilters in each of three nations, the USA, Japan, and South Korea, were given a list of 30 World Heritage Sites. 30 quilters from each nation represented one of the heritage sites in a piece of fiber art. The result is 90 small quilts, hung vertically on panels for each World Heritage Site, so you may compare the work of one nation to the next.
This wonderful, colorful event is brought to you by Polly Plumb Productions, and the community of Yachats Oregon. Polly Plumb Productions is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization that was formed in 2015 by Burgundy Featherkile and Linda Hetzler. PPP produces diverse, artistic, colorful, whimsical, musical and intelligent arts and cultural programming that embraces and reflects the inclusive and eclectic nature of our Yachatian residents and visitors. Other PPP events include the Yachats Celtic Music Festival, celebrating its 18th year in Nov. 2018.