Quilting in the Age of the Pandemic
September 28 - October 29
Work by MICA Quilt Raffle Group, Above: 2020 Viewfinder Part 1 and 2, Work by MICA Quilt Group, hand and machine stitched story quilts, each 72” x 72”, 2021. Quilts assembled by Susie Brandt. Photos by Dan Meyers.
Oct 5 at 6 pm: Join us HERE for a Live Zoom Talk with Susie Brandt and participating artists.
We will also have a closing reception in the gallery on Oct 29, 4 – 6 pm, free and open to the public.
Quilting in the Age of the Pandemic: Susie Brandt and The MICA Quilt Raffle Group
The MICA Quilt Raffle Group originated in 2015 at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded by Fiber Art Department faculty member Susie Brandt. Brandt organized a weekly gathering of students, staff, faculty, and alumni to work together on quilts that were eventually raffled to help fund student scholarships at the college. In 2017, their group expanded to include members of the African American Quilters of Baltimore.
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Brandt found herself teaching remotely from Lake Luzerne, NY. That May she used the tools she’d learned teaching online to reassemble the group. She posted step by step tutorials and other resources on a website, and distributed materials and tools via USPS. Members mailed finished hand-stitched quilt blocks to Brandt in Lake Luzerne, where she assembled the quilts.
For two years the MICA Raffle Quilt Group met weekly on Zoom, where stitchers shared their works in progress, helpful hints, other related projects, as well as their joys and their sorrows. Word spread, and people from across the US joined, ranging in age from 10-82.
Since 2015 the number of participants has grown, as well as the project’s creative quilt work, and proceeds from their auctioned quilts have benefitted many. Collectively 76 people made a total of 15 quilts – with two more in the works. A selection of those quilts will be shown at Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery from September 28 through October 29, 2022.
The groups most recent quilt, pictured here, will soon be raffled to benefit Ukranian Refugee Resettlement in the Upstate New York region. Check back soon for more info, and how to purchase your Raffle tickets.
Through their determination to continue creative work as a group, the Raffle Quilt Project group continues to meet regularly.
Their work was recently featured in the Art Journal Bmore Art: Finding a Common Thread: MICA’s Quilt Club
Here is a list of the all the participants to date:
Terri Ach, Beverly Ahern, Kibibi Ajunku, Dr. Denise Bailey-Jones, Kirra Barnes, Sarah Barnes, Sarah Black Sadler, Nina Bova, Anna Brackett, Susie Brandt, Ellen Burchenal, Karen Carroll, Erika Carruth, Rosa Chang, Finn Chlebowski, Suzanne Coley, Katie Commodore, Clare Conteh-Morgan, Sharone Conteh-Morgan, Ann Marie Cordner, Kathy Cowan, Janine D’Adamo, Margaret D’Adamo, Malvina D’Alterio, Justin Darrow, Oletha DeVane, Andrea Dixon, Joann (Linda) Dixon, Rae Drotleff, Emma Fowler, Joan Freedman, Carol Frost, Patty Gallivan, Sophia Gentile, Will Grimm, Leighann Gross, Suzanne Hill, Tiffany Holmes, Rodette Jones, Jane Khattak, Sanzi Kermes, Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Robin King, Sarah Magida, Maia Malakoff, Joseph Malson, Christine Manganaro, Talia Melcer, Kenya Miles, Hannah Moog, Drew Morse, Mahala Mrozek, Audrey Naiva, Maddie Olsen, Marla Parker, Gladys Perkins, Vanessa Perrigo, Ursula Populoh, Valeska Populoh, Betty Racicot, Julia Racicot, Ruben Reynolds, Glenda Richardson, Rosalind F Robinson, Gabriel Roethe, Linah Sedeek, Piper Shepard, Dr. Lowery Sims, Jan Stinchcomb, Tobyanne Suyemoto, Susan Tuberville, Cole Wade, Omalara Williams McCalister, and Lowell Zelenka.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets in Lake George, NY. During scheduled exhibitions dates our in-person office and gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm.
If you need to reach us between active exhibition dates we are available through phone and/or email:
Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director, 518.323.5499, [email protected]
Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director, 518.832.0183, [email protected]
This exhibition is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; the Town and Village of Lake George; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; 518 Profiles; The Alfred Z Solomon Charitable Trust and LGAP members. Please Join us today!