48th Annual Textile Arts Exhibit

One of Olive Hyde's largest and most visited shows, the 48th Annual Textile Exhibition will open its doors to the public on October 7th, and will remain on display through November 19, 2016. 

This year's exhibition will be featuring the Northern California/Northern Nevada regional group of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). SAQA is an international organization with over 3400 members who are passionate about quilting with frequent local, national, and international exhibits. All of the exhibitions are documented in catalogs and have been published in a series of portfolios which showcase their juried artist members. SAQA also publishes two magazines, one for members and one for art quilt collectors.

The exhibit at Olive Hyde Art Gallery is a juried exhibition of 20 pieces called "Inspirations II," which consists mostly of wall art and some very interesting 3-dimensional pieces.

Additionally, an open call to artists resulted in more than fifty submissions. With the accepted artists and SAQA’s exhibit combined, there will be a total of 29 artists and over 45 pieces of artwork on display. One of the highlights of the exhibit is seeing the inspiration behind a piece of work and how the artists use textile and mixed media techniques in their creations.

The featured artists include Nancy Bardach, Wendi Bucey, Adriane Dedic, Giny Dixon, Laura Fogg, Nancy Freeman, Diane Goff, Jane Haworth, Susan Heller, Susan Helmer, Alexander Hernandez, Karin Lusnak, Jackie Manley, Ann Baldwin May, Barbara Meyers, Dolores Miller, Denise Oyama Miller, Geri Patterson-Kutras, Patricia Porter, Carole Rossi, Ann Sanderson, Debby Schnabel, Roxanne Schwartz, Eileen Searcy, Gail Sims, Melba Vincent, Amy Witherow, Martha Wolfe, and Susan Zimmerman.

Many textile artists have learnt their skills from their mothers, and Geri Patterson-Kutras is no exception – she is the daughter of a wonderful seamstress and artist. Geri has sewn all her life, but the combination of textile and art has become her passion. Inspired by Japanese culture and intrigued by architectural form, her work ‘Japanese Fishing Village’ was created using authentic Japanese fabrics and hand dyed and commercial cottons, along with her signature methods of free motion cutting, machine applique, and piecing.  

Melba Vincent also learnt hand sewing, embroidery, and crochet from her mother from about age seven, and now does needle arts to create freeform pieces. Melba is said to "paint with yarn.” Many of her “scrumbles” – a term coined by Sylvia Cosh and James Walters for the practice of joining various motifs and pieces together – use a variety of stitches or patterns and are multi-directional. Her piece ‘Delightfully Blue’ is an example of her genre.

One of two Regional Representatives for the Northern CA/Northern NV region of SAQA, Denise Oyama Miller has always found joy in making things with her hands and is constantly inspired by the existence of materials to work with in her environment. Denise’s ‘California Poppies’ is a mixed media work made from fabric, paper, and paint. She loves to make floral pieces, primarily with a natural setting.

Adriane Dedic is drawn to lyrical writers who poetically paint pictures with their words. Her creation, ‘She Slept Under A Quilt of Klimt’ was inspired by a passage from Jeanette Winterson’s Art and Lies that referenced her favorite artist, Gustav Klimt. 

‘Back to Marin’ by Patricia Porter is about her move back to Marin County, California, and how she missed the Bay Area. This quilt reflects her decision and the process of returning – the colors depicting her energy, and the forms depicting the craziness of it all!

Giny Dixon begins from scratch: she dyes and paints all of her fabrics, starting with white cotton or old family linen tablecloths. Then she hand-cuts and machine sews the pieces together to achieve her vision. Her piece ‘Segments of my Past’ uses fabrics that she created over the years. The seven section, double sided panel was designed to hang freely, so that it moves gently, with both sides visible.

“My work is all about using color and texture to create movement,” says Ann Baldwin May, who coined the term ‘scribble quilting.’ This practice adds extra movement to her pieces, almost making them dance. Ann draws her inspiration from the interplay of fabrics, many of which are remnants from the San Francisco Design Center.

Unlike many textile artists who utilize quilting as their modus operandi, Barbara Meyers for her piece ‘Connections’ used the Theo Moorman weaving technique, which involves two different weights of warp threads and two wefts forming a plain weave underneath and a pattern on the top.

Susan Zimmerman credits her long-standing affinity for textiles to a sewing class at age ten, and to the legacy of her grandfathers, both of whom were tailors. Although she has chosen to focus on fiber, working primarily in cloth, paper, and thread, her formal art training has inspired her to experiment in unexpected ways, synthesizing a variety of methods and materials. Her piece ‘Climate Change’ is in the true spirit of her style.

We are very excited about the show and look forward to a great turnout!


48th Annual Textile Exhibit

October 7 – November 19, 2016

Thursday – Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.


Opening Reception

Friday October 7

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Olive Hyde Art Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont