Judith Trager discusses the art of contemporary quilting and the quilts in the Don’t Fence Me In exhibit on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Trager’s talk is titled Moving West: Art Quilts and the Women Who Make Them. The illustrated program will feature images of contemporary quilts. Trager will discuss the work of contemporary immigrant quilt makers, where they came from, and how their art changed with the differences in landscape and culture.
Admission is free. Click here  or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.
Don’t Fence Me In: Contemporary Quilts remains on display through June 21 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The 57 quilts in this exhibit take a decidedly modern look at the icons of the West with each one telling a different story. The quilts are either two feet square or two feet by three feet and pack a great deal into a small space. Some explore themes of abandonment, like Carol Watkins’ “Times Past: Rocking Chair,” which shows a rocking chair against the backdrop of a vacant house. Others explore newer themes, like Jaime Bolane’s “Horse Zen,” a haunting combination of Japanese calligraphy and split rail fences.
Other artists seem to delight in wordplay. The “Cow Pie” dessert of Gay Lasher and titles like “Amarillo Armadillo” and “Da Fence Rests” assure that these quilters will never be accused of taking the West too seriously.
Judith Trager is the exhibit’s curator. The quilts are on loan from two Colorado quilters’ groups, the Piecemakers and the Quilt Explorations.