Avenir: Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression, Elizabeth Akana, Guest Curator

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Avenir: Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression, Elizabeth Akana, Guest Curator
February 17, 2012 11:00 am
August 2, 2012 6:00 pm
Avenir Gallery in the UCA
1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO, 80523, United States

Hawaiian flag quilt, circa 1890

February 17 – August 2, 2012

Opening reception Friday, February 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Hawaiian Quilts from the Henry and Angela Hite Collection

Originally brought to the islands by New England missionaries, Hawaiian appliqué quilts are unique for their “snowflake” designs. Imbued with the myths and traditions of the native Hawaiian population and references to the plant life and mythology of the islands, Hawaiian quilts are among the most visually striking of all quilt designs.

Guest Curator, Elizabeth Akana is one of Hawaii’s premier quilt historians as well as a quilter, teacher and lecturer. She has been demonstrating the art of Hawaiian quilting since 1972 and has taught and lectured throughout the United States, New Zealand and Japan. As a guiding force behind the Hawaiian Quilt Research Project which documented hundreds of historic quilts throughout the islands, she has been an advocate for the preservation of this cultural art form. Her quilts are included in many private and corporate collections, and have been accepted in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions.

Lang Lang Chinese Tree Blossom, circa 1992

Silversword, circa 1984

Lobelia, circa 2002

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