Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gig Harbor Arts Center Alliance party

There was a party on the water Friday in Gig Harbor celebrating all of the arts, from performance to visual, and I was thrilled that they invited quilt artists to be a part of it and display some of our work. (That's my "Garden Gone Wild" behind a string quartet.)

It was hosted by the Gig Harbor Arts Center Alliance, which is raising money for a feasibility study to build a Regional Center for the Arts here. It will be so exciting if it gets off the ground. Land has already been donated near the Y and they have an architect's rendering. It would have space for concerts, dances, theater, visual artists studios -- and hopefully space for fiber artists -- studios for recording and filmmaking, a hot shop for glass, conference space, a children's area ... I know I've probably missed some. You can read an article about it here:

Front: Delaney, left, and Olivia, who did tap and ballet
Rear: quilt artists Janet, Delaine, myself, and Anne
Two of the dancers from Harbor Dance posed with our group of art quilters. They gave beautiful performances a little later:

I didn't get the name of this third dancer, but her performance was powerful, and she had to start over several times because of problems with the music. She was a real trooper. (My photo doesn't do her justice.)

They were followed by a hilarious scene from "Spamalot."

Good food, wine and a variety of music by local musicians flowed throughout the evening.

The view from the location at the Babich-Pond Net Shed, in the harbor, was spectacular, with Mt. Rainier on the horizon and boats bobbing in the foreground.

Inside, the evening sun shone through the windows, making our quilts glow like stained glass. It was incredibly nice, as quilt artists, to be showcased with such other talent. Please think about supporting the arts center if you live in this area (or even if you don't). The immediate goal is raising money for a feasibility study.

 Have a colorful day


tiedyejudy said...

Looks like it was a fabulous event! I love your piece, and glad they gave it such a prominent location for the event! And it looks like you had wonderful weather... awesome!

Judy Ferguson said...

I would be overjoyed to have anything hung in such a fantastic place. What a wonderful evening.

Ladybug said...

Pacific NW at it's BEST - ALL of it!