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This Weekend: WQM Exec Producer and Host Shelly Zegart Comes to San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles!

Happy New Year, everyone! If you are in–or anywhere near–the San Francisco Bay Area this coming weekend, here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss…

On Saturday, January 5, at 2 PM, Shelly Zegart, Exec Producer and host of the series Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics, and an expert at the forefront of quilt study for over three decades, will present a special program at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, located at 520 South First Street, San Jose. Following a conversation with SJMQT Executive Director Christine Jeffers about the “Art of Collecting,” attendees will be treated to a viewing of WQM Episode 4: “What is Art?” A reception follows at 4PM, providing the perfect opportunity to “continue the conversation.” Cost (including the reception) is $20 for museum members, $30 for non-members, and $15 for  students and seniors. To purchase your advance ticket(s), click here.

Vermont Swimmer, made by Catherine McConnell, 1991, collection of John M. Walsh, III; appears in the documentary Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics, Episode 4: What is Art?

The event comes as the Museum celebrates its 35-year anniversary with a large survey exhibition, aptly titled Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years. The 75 works on display are drawn exclusively from the SJMQT’s outstanding permanent collection, and showcase important early and historic quilts, recent acquisitions of contemporary fiber art, and fine examples of ethnic costumes and textiles. Make a day of it: come early, view the exhibition, and then enjoy the program and reception afterwards.

c. 1890, 71″ x 70″, permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, gift of Jacklin Vanmechelen

Next week’s post:  A look at an outstanding new book by Janet E. Finley that documents 100 years of quilts…in photographs!





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