High-flying fiber artist to land, with peers, in Gateway

This triptych of the palisades above Gateway Canyons Resort was created by fiber artist Katie Pasquini Masopust of Santa Fe, N.M. It was commissioned by resort owners John and Maureen Hendricks and is displayed in the Palisade Events Center, where Masopust will host the annual Alegre Retreat for fiber artists April 7-14 in Gateway.

Katie Pasquini Masopust will be joined by four other master quilters at the fifth annual Alegre Retreat in Gateway.

Participants in the art quilt conference in April at Gateway Canyons Resort will attend workshops and dine in the Palisade Events Center, above.

Renowned fiber artist Katie Pasquini Masopust leads the life of an international jet-setter.

With her contemporary quilting expertise so much in demand, she already has flown this year to teaching venues in Spain, Canada and the Hudson Valley of New York. Flights to Scotland and Holland are booked on her spring itinerary.

“I am so blessed to teach and travel for a living,” Masopust writes in her online newsletter. “I love teaching and seeing the world.”

In the midst of this heady schedule, Masopust plans to touch down in April at Gateway Canyons Resort here in Mesa County to host her annual Alegre Retreat for fiber artists at the resort’s Palisade Events Center.

At an April 8 luncheon lecture, she’ll share her travel and quilting adventures.

Joining Masopust, whose home is in Santa Fe, N.M., to teach at a week full of workshops will be four other quilting experts: Nancy Crow of the Crow Timber Frame Barn art retreats in Baltimore, Ohio; Jan Myers Newbury of Pittsburgh; Joan Schulze of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Laura Wasilowski of Elgin, Ill.

This is the fifth year for Alegre at Gateway, where Masopust’s friends and resort founders John and Maureen Hendricks promote fiber arts education in a scenic and luxurious setting.

In addition to intensive workshop sessions, the retreat offers daylong lunch and dinner lectures April 8 and 10.

A tour of the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum and spa discounts, as well as exhibits of the instructors’ quilts, are included in the $75 fee.

Schulze will lecture after dinner April 8 on “Time and the Elusive Fragment.”

On April 10, Newbury will speak after lunch on “Fields of Color: Embedded Images,” and the evening lecture is by Crow.

An opening reception is scheduled April 7, with workshops in seven-, five- and two-day formats through April 14.

The workshops are:

■  “Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground,” seven days with instructor Nancy Crow.

Fabrics will be cut without rulers and pieced by machine. A broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids is needed. Emphasis will be on geometric shapes and lines. Participants should be open to experimentation and working quickly.

■  “From Painting to Quilt,” five days with Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created using 10 different techniques. No painting experience necessary.

■  “Painted, Stitched Canvas,” two days with Masopust. Acrylic paint on thin canvas.

■  “Shibori for Quiltmaking,” five days with Jan Myers Newbury.

Basics of pattern making by binding, clamping, stitching and pole-wrapping fabric in a dyeing process.

■  “Illuminated Design: textures, text and images,” five days with Joan Schulze.

Investigation of nonprinting, pigments, dye stick and crayon uses, photocopy processes, direct printing on fabric, layering of images and glue transfer method.

■  “Fanning Creativity; The Fan — An Approach to Design,” two days with Schulze.

Possibilities are endless for fan shape or theme in art making, with some 3-D construction.

■  “Couching Thread, Hidden Needle,” two days with Laura Wasilowski.

Add color, pattern, definition and texture to quilts with embroidery stitches both basic and complex.

For workshop details and pricing, go to www.
alegreretreat.com or call the resort at 970-931-2458.

When you consider the frequent-flier miles this gathering of quilt luminaries is racking up, a short 45-mile drive through the canyon from Grand Junction to Gateway quickly pales in the face of such star power.

Will you be among those to take advantage of that world-class knowledge?

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