Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) August 01, 2012
The American Quilter’s Society showcases Michigan’s quiltmakers at the first-ever AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22 through 25, 2012. The heavy concentration of quilting talent in the area is one of the many reasons AQS is bringing the world-class international quilt show to the Grand Rapids area.
AQS is excited to showcase so much native talent alongside the international exhibitions and award-winning quilters from around the world. American Quilter’s Society founder, Meredith Schroeder says, “Grand Rapids and its convention center make a great venue for the AQS Quilt Show & Contest”.
The AQS Quilt Contest in Grand Rapids includes 87 quilts from Michigan artists, each vying for over $44,000 in cash awards. In addition, two special exhibitions from Michigan Quilters will be part of the more than 900 quilts on display. Two celebrated quilters from the state are also a part of the AQS School of Quiltmaking faculty this year.
Begun by Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan, “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” examines the highly personal impact and many perspectives of Alzheimer’s disease.
Born from her latest AQS book, Beaver Island, Michigan, resident Gwen Marston continues to invigorate liberated quilt design and creativity with a unique exhibit, “Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts” featuring quilts from Gwen and her students.
The quilts offer such a broad array of styles and colors. From the compassionate and heartfelt messages in the Alzheimer’s exhibit to the vibrant colors and designs found in each of the special exhibitions and contest quilts, each captures the feelings and emotions in fabric in their own unique way.
Many are especially touched by the “Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” exhibition from Ami Simms. A viewer from Texas notes, “I walked alone yet felt my Mother’s presence in every name and quilt.” AQS is pleased to present this exhibition from Flint, Michigan’s Ami Simms at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, MI.
Michiganders also feature prominently in the teaching faculty at this year’s show. Kay Nickols, popular nationally known author, lecturer, and teacher hailing from Laingsburg, Michigan, represents the host state’s enthusiasm for and dedication to all things quilting.
Sue Nickels, award-winning quilter, internationally known teacher and lecturer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, makes precision design and stitching accessible to every quilting student.
Dedicated to promoting the art and skill of quiltmaking, the American Quilter’s Society hopes this quilt show brings the same excitement, inspiration and enjoyment of quilts that attendees have found at other AQS Quilt Shows in Des Moines, IA; Lancaster, PA; and Paducah, KY.
Tickets to the AQS Quilt Show & Contest are only $11 each at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22 through 25, 2012. The show is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.