The craft of quilting has never enjoyed any sort of hip cachet or cool quotient, but that only goes to show you how shallow the hip and the cool can be at times. To make a quilt takes hard work, rigorous, focused attention and an innate high degree of artistry in the hand and eye of the craftsperson. Quilts, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China, attained prevalence in nineteenth-century America where they were made for both utility and aesthetic pleasure; the ultimate comfort textile is enjoying a resurgence today for the same reasons. Quilt National 2013 is a biennial show featuring quilt art from exhibitors representing 27 states (including Luanne Rimel from St. Louis and Pam RuBert from Springfield) and seven different countries. The exhibit is a juried one, and the selected artists expand the parameters of traditional quilt-making by incorporating the latest materials and technologies. So, this isn't necessarily your grandmother's quilt show, but she'd probably enjoy it. Quilt National 2013 debuts Friday, September 20, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (3633 Lindell Boulevard; 314-977-3399 or sluma.slu.edu), and it remains up through Sunday, October 27. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. The event originated in May in Ohio; St. Louis is the only location outside the Buckeye State where the full-scale exhibit can be seen.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Oct. 27, 2013