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“Italy: Colors & Emotions” Tri Mission Art Gallery Exhibition

Quilts Around the World

Quilts Around the World

The Quilt presentation

The Quilt presentation

Rome, September 21, 2012

“Italy: Colors & Emotions” is the opening exhibit for the recently dedicated Tri-Mission Art Gallery in the United States Embassy in Rome, Italy. 

Quilt artists from Italy and the United States answered the October 2011 call for submissions. Since that call, they have created art quilts that reflect the emotions, history, and hues unique to Italy.   The Tri-Mission Art Gallery is pleased to present the art quilts by: Rosa Alba Bellucci, Maria Billings, Maria Colonnelli, Laura Fabiani, Susan Fiorentino, Lithian Ricci, Patrizia Rossini, Elizabeth Sanders, and Simonetta Zoppi. An additional invitational quilt by Jeanne Albertucci is also featured. . Each art quilt in the exhibit measures approximately 39 by 39 inches / 100cm X 100cm.

The exhibit contains two, first-time quilt-makers and one with 34 years of experience in quilting. Quilting, like people, keeps changing from the traditional to what it is today; it is no longer a function of utility or frugality - staying warm and salvaging material scraps, which anchored the beginnings of quilt-making but the past 20 years has seen a shift to this art quilt form.  Art quilts, displayed on a wall, combine silk, cotton, linen, wool, paint, embellishments and threads - all weave a story for individual expression with each art quilt portraying the artist’s inspiration and talent.

This quilt exhibition is a collaboration of many hands, all making a

figurative quilt of fabric, community, and friendships: Our exhibit’s patron, Luana Rubin, owner of of Boulder, Colorado with her presentation “Quilts Around the World” and our “Bella, Bella Workshop” master instructor, Norah McMeeking, of California, internationally known quilt designer, teacher and author of “Bella, Bella Quilts: Stunning Designs from Italian Mosaics” have both provided invaluable professional expertise to this quilt exhibit.

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