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.