The Collective has installed “Quilt Peace,” a large public sculpture in front of the Bermac Arts Building, where the organization has its exhibit space and offices.
The sculpture was created to connect The Collective’s Jubilee Quilt Circle during the November International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The sculpture, composed of powder-coated steel, was designed by artist Michelle Barnes and facilitated by Gail Mebane and Charles Washington with the support of the Midtown Redevelopment Authority. The sculpture was fabricated by James Contreras, owner of Adventure Play Systems, Inc. The colorful sculpture (blue, magenta, orange, yellow and metallic silver), standing 8 feet high, 11 feet wide and 6 feet deep, features four free-form figures working on a quilt.
“Quilt Peace is our tribute to the November 2017 International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center,” Barnes, executive director of The Collective, explained.
“The Jubilee Quilt Circle, one of our arts programs, meets twice a week with local quilters, both novice and experienced, and we want to demonstrate our connection with quilting to the thousands of convention visitors,” she continued.
The Collective offers quilters lessons and use of their Gammill Statler Stitcher, a longarm quilting machine utilizing computer software and hardware, which is capable of stitching almost any design in greatly reduced time. The Jubilee Quilt Circle members will represent the Community Artists’ Collective at a booth during the Houston International Quilt Festival November 1-5, 2017.
The “Quilt Peace” installation is funded by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and sanctioned by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.