Special Show & Community Exhibits
IHQS Special Exhibit
The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show proudly presents a special quilt exhibit by artist Nysha Oren Nelson. Nysha will present a selection of his quilts for your enjoyment and inspiration. As an added bonus, Nysha will be available as an “artist in residence” to provide demonstrations of his techniques and to answer any questions you may have. This is an opportunity for you to interact with an exceptional quilt artist. See his personal statement below and don’t forget to visit his website and blog.
Nysha Oren Nelson of Studio Nysha
It has been said, “ʻPerfectionʼ is somewhere to get to and ʻExcellenceʼ is somewhere to come from.” A motto I live by. Working to master whatever is in front of me in order to beautify the world one moment and space at a time — done as an expression of self.
I have spent my life in various ways, each attempting to create beauty in my life and inspire others to do likewise in their lives. I started this quest with a career in Cosmetology. Hair was my passion for thirteen years in an attempt to aid my clientele in self expression and confidence. All the while dreaming of work that would last for more than a day or a few weeks.
As the last century drew to a close I went looking for another medium in which to work. I took art classes at university and in the Atelier system. I studied, looked, drew, looked, painted and looked some more.
Then one day it happened — I fell into fiber and years of struggling dissolved. Years of watching quilting shows on television, needle arts as a youngster and a life long passion for fabrics all culminated in an instant and with a trip to ʻThe National Quilt Museum.ʼ
In the past seven years in addition time spent honing my eye and training my hand to manipulate fiber in a continued attempt to add more beauty to the world my works has been included in several shows including “Visions Art Museum” and the International Quilt Festivals 2010 and 2012 as well as inclusion in publications.
In an effort to share with as many people as possible I have opened a commercial space as studio, gallery and classroom. Here I will teach and host classes in fiber, quilting, doodling, personal and professional development and give presentations designed to inspire and motivate others to create beauty in their worlds.
Nysha Oren Nelson
Built in 1835 as the home of Andrew Wylie, Indiana University’s first president, this stately brick house is now a museum recreating the early Wylie years. The exhibit will include quilts from the Wylie House collection as well as others borrowed from friends of the museum. Both nineteenth and twentieth century quilts will be on display, and all will be traditional patterns, pieced and quilted by hand. Hours are 10 am- 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday during the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Wylie House is located on the free bus route at 307 E. 2nd Street. FREE http://www.indiana.edu/~libwylie/
Monroe County History Center – “Cracking the Code: Quilts from the Mid-19th Century”
In the past many thought that Quilts made during the mid-to late part of the 19th century were created to aid travelers on the Underground Railroad. Now, research shows that there is no documentation regarding quilt patterns as a form of communication for Underground Railroad Travelers. This exhibit will examine different patterns and their purported meanings across different regions.
Exhibit Opens March 6, 2014. Closes July 26, 2014. The History Center is accessible to people of all abilities. Located at 202 E. 6th Street. Exhibit opens March 7th, 2013. It is on the bus route and FREE with IHQS wristband or hand stamp, during quilt show only. www.monroehistory.org
Art Quilters of Bloomington
Farmer House Museum
The Farmer House Museum, located in a historic 1869 residence, seeks to preserve and interpret family life in Monroe county, Indiana. By promoting a dialog with the past the museum hopes to inspire the public to appreciate and understand the human forces that have shaped the community. In our 2014 Indiana Heritage Quilt Show exhibit we will be exploring how textile arts are passed down as family traditions. Stop by for a visit at: at 529 North College, Bloomington, Indiana. Phone 812-336-5597.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday & Saturday only.
The shuttle bus will leave the Convention Center every half hour to take you to the museum exhibits. The pickup point is at the back entrance of the Convention Center. Ride FREE!