Quilt and fiber art show a unique draw
Thousands of people flocked to Faith Presbyterian Church to see “Journey 2011”, a quilt and fiber art show that featured more than 200 original pieces.
One of just a handful of these type of shows nationwide, the draw was such that fans of the medium traveled hours to get a first hand look at the creativity and originality on display.
“San Diego and Ohio have shows but there’s nothing else like this in Florida,” said organizer Joyce Grande. “It’s unique not only for our area, but for the nation.”
Barb Shakarjian didn’t have to travel hours coming only from North Fort Myers, but she was still equally awed by the work on display.
A member of the Cape Coral Quilters Guild, Shakarjian said she was mostly familiar with “traditional” quilting, like the type of quilts made and used for bedding.
The art and craftwork on display Saturday was “overwhelming” for her.
“It’s amazing what you can do with thread and fabric and imagination,” she said. “This is very artsy and imaginative, simply on another level. It blows me away.”
Fiber artist and Cape resident Rose Young won several ribbons in the judged competition.
She said the idea of a “quilt show” is a bit of a misnomer, as it invokes images of bedding as opposed to a dynamic art form.
Like many of the other artists and attendees, Young was highly impressed by the high level of skill on display.
“I’m blown away by the quality of the work,” Young said. “The ideas are unbelievable.”