Monday, March 22, 2010

Color Improvisations

In mid-2008, Nancy Crow invited several artists to submit work for consideration for Color Improvisations, an exhibit she was developing with Genie Curtze.  The work was to be based on a 4-plex format, machine pieced, and large - 6 to 8 feet square (yes, square).  I had 8 months to submit three to five quilt tops.  I managed to get three pieces done, and all three made it through the first round of jurying.  Then we were given until July 2009 to quilt and finish the pieces and submit them for a second round of jurying. 

I did finish those three quilts by the deadline - which I thought was quite an accomplishment since during that time I had emergency gallbladder surgery, two hospital stays, and a second procedure to remove leftover stones.  I was not at my best during those 8 months.  I am honored that all three pieces were accepted for the exhibit. 

Color Improvisations will consist of 54 large machine pieced works by 26 artists from the United States, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada.  These artists are dedicated to expressing their individual visions.  The opening venue will be the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart, Germany.  The exhibit will run from July 11 to August 25, 2010, with the grand opening reception on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 2 pm.

Additional venues booked thus far are:
Galerie Lac
St. Marie aux Mines, France
September 16-19, 2010  (this is during the European Patchwork convention, check the website for more information)

Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Commerce)
Regierungsprasidium Karlsruhe, Germany
May 8 - June 12, 2011

The exhibition will travel throughout 2010-2012. Additional venues in Europe, Japan, and the United States will be announced. A catalog of the exhibit will be available in July 2010.

Shown above is a detail from my work, Tangle, copyright 2010 Bonnie M. Bucknam (photo by Mark Frey).


  1. Congratulations! Well-earned, it sounds like!

  2. Thanks for showing one of these quilts. I really love it.

  3. Bonnie, your work is amazing. Thanks for posting it. I hope Russ and I will get to see the exhibit at some point. Emily

  4. Bonnie,
    I am very excited for you. Your work has always been world class in my eyes and now you can be honored for that! You are amazing and I am going back in my mind remembering all of your beautiful works that I have had the honor of seeing and touching! Thanks for all that you have shared with us common quilters and big dreamers!
    Anita Tigert

  5. Bonnie, your sense of organic colors and natural forms is compelling and recognizable across the room as yours. You have a singluar vision and it is interesting and draws the viewer in. I am so glad you are getting the global recognition you deserve. Please keep us updated through your blog. Congratulations,
    Karen Maru