Every day is like Christmas around Cherrywood! It is so fun to go to the post office and collect all the entries and see the look on people's faces! And you should see OUR faces when we open these up! I'm telling you - I am impressed! You guys are really taking this seriously! A twinkle of an idea a year ago has turned into a full-fledged challenge that is bringing out the best - and the most wicked!- in fiber artists all over the country!
I will sprinkle in random photos throughout my ramblings here to keep you interested...
I have learned SO much along the way, as this is the first undertaking like this. I have to give a shout-out to my friend Cyndi Souder who enlightened me and warned me about all the details of pulling this off. The information was invaluble. And I have also learned that it really doesn't hurt to ask for something that you may think is out of reach. The worst you could hear is "No." That's how I got the exhibit to be hung at the Gershwin Theater for over a MONTH! I figured there was no way a massive corporation like "WICKED" would even give me the time of day. But thanks to my friends at The Quilt Alliance, I was connected with the right people and it actually worked! Thank you to Marie Bostwick for her wonderful enthusiasm, Amy Milne and Meg Cox for their professional pull and introduction to Micheal of the Broadway Gentlemens Quilting Auxillary, which led to Susan Sampliner, the Company Manager of WICKED (!!), which led to Julie at Wicked's Marketing Company. Whew! And there have been so many supportive firends in the industry along the way. Everyone is really excited about this!
We booked a local gallery in Brainerd so we have a place to see ALL the quilts up all at once to judge them. It is a beautiful gallery and I am going to professional photograph each entry. I would love to put together a little coffee table book of this entire Challenge, because it is turning out so beautiful! And who knows- maybe those books will be sold in theater gift shops some day... it can't hurt to ask, right??
Friday, August 1, 2014
The "Q" Gallery at Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, Minnesota
5-7:00 Opening Reception with music and refreshments. Free and open to the public.
Judges will be:
Carolyn Abbott, Fiber Artist
Kevin Yeager, Architect and thespian
Dorothy Cronin, Cherrywood Right-Hand Woman
Two more quilter/seamstress-type people to be announced
Saturday, August 2, 2014: The Gallery will be open 10am to 4pm.
Next stop: Chattanooga Tenessee in September where we will have a booth at the new AQS Show! I am so excited to announce a team effort between Cherrywood and SPOOL Quilt Shop! We are going to have a "Wicked Wine Wednesday!" I will have examples of Cherrywood quilts and garments and well as a few of my personal pieces. Then we will reveal the WICKED Finalists! All this fun will revolve around embibing in wicked wine and general frivolity while shopping the stocked shelves at SPOOL and meeting other Cherrywood groupies. Sound like fun? Call to reserve your spot TODAY! 423-602-8526 and ask for Maddie.
Maddie Kertay is the vibrant owner of SPOOL as well as the founder of The BadAss Quilt Society. This is a refreshing movement that is sweeping the country whose 6000+ members support the right to express themselves in an authentic way in both their life and their art, and not feel like an outcast because of it. There's more to it than that, so if you are interested check out www.badassquilterssociety.com. Wicked awesome!
After Chattanooga, I jump on my broom and touch down in Minnesota for just a couple days before I fly off to NEW YORK CITY! This is the third year for The Quilt Alliance fundraiser called Quilters Take Manhattan. These people really know how to put together a fun event- every year they add more to it. That is how I got to see WICKED on Broadway... and the rest is history. So put QTM on your bucket list! If you have never been to NYC before, this is the perfect excuse to do it. There are activities planned throuhout the weekend to show you parts of the city as a group so it is both safe and fun. You will meet some pretty big names in quilting (Amy Butler is the speaker) and realize that they are very approachable, generous and just like you and I.
Can't fly away to NYC just yet? Well at LEAST buy a "Home Ticket" to the event so you can watch the action as it happens online. You also still get the goody bag and qualify for drawings - right from the comfort of your own home! Cherrywood will have a vendor table set up as well as a Wall of Wicked Quilts. :-)
If you are still reading this - hey, thanks for sticking with me!
After Quilters Take Manhattan, I will personally deliver the Wicked Exhibit to the marketing company who will install them at The Gershwin Theater. I am told they will hang on the fourth floor. Only ticket holders will be able to see them, but photos will be taken to share. I would like to ask the cast members to vote for their favorites. Wouldn't it be cool to say that Elphaba HERSELF liked your quilt??
The quilts will hang until November 3, 2014. The theater celebrates it's 11th year with "WICKED Day" on October 30th so a whole new set of people will see the quilts!
So that is the wicked journey so far. More dates to come in 2015 as I send proposals to quilt shows and galleries. I hope these quilts cause a COMMOTION!