Quilts & More Quilts! in Lowell, Massachusetts, Now and Some into November 2012

August 3, 2012

Quilts and more quilts are on view in Lowell, Massachusetts, some into November 2012.  The New England Quilt Festival is in August, but exhibits at the American Textile Museum, New England Quilt Museum, Brush Gallery, and Whistler House Museum of Art can be seen much longer.

To go at a time that the Festival is not on, be sure to check the days that the museums and galleries are open, so you can see all the quilts on exhibit in Lowell when you are there.


THE LOWELL QUILT FESTIVAL  is  a citywide Celebration of Quilts featuring  IMAGES, the New England Quilt Festival, August  9 –  11, 2012.

For more info: http://www.lowellquiltfestival.org/


Art Quilts Lowell 2012:  Music will be at Brush Gallery & Artists Studios  in Lowell from August 9 – September 15, 2012.


Quarter Notes

Nancy Barach – “Quarter Notes”

Photo is the Gallery’s.

Art Quilts Lowell 2012 is a juried exhibition, organized by the Brush Art Gallery, to identify and encourage quilt artists. The theme of the exhibition is music, and it includes art quilts from artists throughout the United States and Canada.  Brush Gallery & Artists Studios is at 256 Market St.  Phone is 978-459-7819.  The gallery is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 -4.

Brush Gallery & Artists Studios


Whistler Inspired Art Quilts 2012 at  the Whistler House Museum of Art  are on exhibit through September 1, 2012.

Study in blue and orange

Dianna Callahan – “Study in Blue and Orange”

Quilt by Nancy Crasco

Photos are the Museum’s.


The Whistler House Museum of Art is exhibiting Art Quilts that interpret or are inspired by Whistler’s many works of art. Quilts selected for exhibition met one or more of the following criteria: 1.) based on a Whistler portrait, landscape or seascape (which could be an etching or print) 2.) in a monochromatic color palette. 3.) inspired by the terms: Arrangement, Harmony, Nocturne, and Symphony which were used in the titles of Whistler’s paintings.

The Whistler is located at 243 Worthen Street; phone is 978-452-7641. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 – 4.

See: http://www.whistlerhouse.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=53    where you can view photos of art quilts from past exhibits.


 The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell has their latest exhibit:   “Backstitch: a 25-year Retrospective of Advances and Milestones in Quiltmaking,” from now until October 14, 2012.

The exhibition includes works by Jinny Beyer, Hollis Chatelain, Micheal James and twenty-two others. Innovations include fabric dying for quilts, photo-transfer, machine quilting, rotary cutting, paper piecing and more.


DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY by Linda Taylor & Clair Meineke-Johnson
Photo is the Museum’s.
The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 – 4.

A Civil War textile exhibit is at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, now through November 25, 2012, which consists of two dozen quilts and about 125 related objects.   For more info: http://www.athm.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions/   and more detailed info: http://www.athm.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions/exhibition_homefront_battlefield.php

Homefront & Battlefield Exhibit

Photo is the Museum’s.

I understand that you can still see the exhibit  if you don’t get to Lowell, as it will  travel to the New York Historical Society in New York from April 14- August 31, 2014, Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, from  September 20, 2014 to January  1, 2015, and  to Nebraska State Historical Society in  Lincoln from February 1- June 1, 2015.

The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sunday 10 – 5.


Ayer Lofts Gallery  is showing  Material Voices:  Small Art Quilts

Invasive Species 2, by Susan Circone
Photos are the Gallery’s.
Ovum Variation #2, by Valerie Maser-Flanagan

It’s located across the street from the New England Quilt Museum,  at 172 Middle Street. It’s open August 10th from noon to 8pm, the 11th and 12th noon-4pm and thereafter Saturday and Sunday noon-4pm until the 26th .

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