One of the stand-out exhibits of last Fall’s Houston International Quilt Festival 2013 was Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s exhibit of 30 for 30: to celebrate 30 years of art quilts, she made 30 quilts 30×30 inches. They celebrate her journey, invoking her style and techniques that have made her one of the pre-eminent art quilters of our day. You can visit her website, here.
Many of you will know her for her vibrant rainbow-hued hand-dyes and appli-pieced quilts. Some of you will remember the various styles she has tried over the years–remember the wonderful dandelion quilts? the photo transfers? the tucks and pleats? All are represented in this exhibit.
Some of you may know that she realized a dream, building a home and studio in Paducah with her husband after she retired from her “day job” with United (I think it was) airlines. Her Paducah studio is amazing (here’s a link to an online tour of her studio), a perfect place to live and to offer workshops and sell her works and fabrics. Then her husband died suddenly what seems like just a few years ago, but was actually a few more than that. After several years alone, she met Ron Gentry, love happened, and they married at the Quilt Museum in Paducah, with homes in Paducah and his home base of Port Townsend. The quilt above is Caryl making the leap to this new life! And I’ll put in a plug for her…the studio is now for sale! Check here.
And a detail:
The best news is that you can see all the quilts here (and see how many are sold/reserved and which are still available).
Though I didn’t buy the CD, a CD with proffesional photographs of this series and exhibit in its entirety is available. Hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot as much as I enjoyed seeing the quilts. Thank you, Caryl, for sharing your art and life with us.