The Tradition in Transition show opened yesterday at the Joshua Creek Heritage Centre in Oakville, Ontario. Originally this exhibit was presented at the 18th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in Alsace, France in September. Curator Sandra Reford has put together this show with tremendous vision and extraordinary attention to detail. I am both proud and humbled that my Log Canada is included. Here you see a picture of the hanging of the show last week. You can read more on this post on Sandra's blog.
The gala opening was held yesterday where Sandra once again gave a talk on the show to over 50 guests. This same lecture she delivered in four languages in France, so this must have been a milk run for her! Previous to this, Sandra hosted a dinner party at her home for all the artists involved. Sadly, I was not in attendance.
This exhibit of 36 quilts chosen from each of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories reflects the diversity of styles and characteristics of Canadian creators and the regions from which they come. Sandra's mission was to produce an exhibition of textile work of an exceptional technical level and which represents the current state of quilt and textile art in Canada. The quilts run the gamut from traditional to modern and show how our quilting has grown and "transitioned" from utilitarian to art. As a Maritimer with my roots firmly planted in traditional patchwork, I love the acknowledgement of where it all started, and the excitement of seeing where we are now. Our grandmothers laid a solid groundwork to allow us to soar.
The show runs until January 6, 2013 so if you are in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) please stop in and have a look at this exceptional presentation.
All photos in this post are courtesy of Sandra Reford.