Laurie Ho, president of the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, became excited about learning the opening of the Garden Isle Quilters Quilt Exhibition and Sale comes the day before the abbreviated farm fair at Kukui Grove Center.
“This is just like the old days,” Ho said. “Quilts were almost always displayed at the farm fairs in the earlier years.”
Opening with an artists reception on Aug. 20, the quilt exhibit and sale will run for just six days, closing on Aug. 26, featuring the work of five artists: Julie Fregeau, Jeni Hardy, Lea Ingram, Lesley Morris and Toni Wass, the chairperson for the earlier Quilters Guild collaborative quilt show and sale.
“Everything in this show is new,” Hardy said. “All of the old stuff has been put away. The only time we’ll go to some of the older material is if we sell out. Then we’ll see what we have available to replace the sold pieces.”
The community is invited to meet the five artists on opening night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at KGC. Following that, the show is open daily with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to view the range of quilts from everyday to fine art available for sale, or just for admiration.
In compliance with Gov. David Ige’s latest rules and guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, face masks must be worn, and social distancing must be maintaining while viewing the quilts inside the gallery.
“This is just the second year we’re doing this,” said Wass. “But viewing access is greatly improved because we created a website — GardenIsleQuilters.com — and social-media pages. Last year’s event was very successful, with viewers appreciating the effort to adapt to the conditions created by the COVID-19. We listened and made the show more accessible. On top of that, the visitors are back, and that adds even more people who can appreciate the quilts.”
Additionally, credit cards are accepted for the quilts that a ready to carry off. Shipping is available.
“There will be at least two of us on any of the show days,” Ingram said. “This is a good time to meet with the quilters for help, or just to talk story about their quilts.”
Similar to last year, all of the quilts were created by the artists during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“The theme for this show is ‘Handworks from the Heart,’” Ingram said. “This is good for all the hearts out there, with love from our hearts.”
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Garden Island