|My brother, Dave, in front of a quilt he inspired.|
|Not the best lighting or backdrops, but still the show was effective.|
Most important was the reaction from my brother who has suffered from bouts with mental disease- and he was profoundly moved... so much so that he kept encouraging me to find ways to get the show in front of non-quilters. He even wrote a letter to the curator, Kathy Nida explaining how moved he was. And all night he kept telling me how important the pieces of art were to him and how they might help people who have fought mental illness.
And isn't that exactly what art is supposed to do... make connections. It was so interesting to see people's reaction to the SAQA show amidst hundreds of more conventional pieces. People spent time reading the artist statements, photographing many of the pieces, and looking at some of them over and over. The art made people stop- and it was not so much about the quality of the hand stitching or the commercial fabrics used, it was about the subject material. I felt proud to be a part of the show, and proud to have made a connection.