Men flex their quilting muscles

“Summer Pocket” by art professor Tom Lundberg of Fort Collins measures 5.13 inches by 4 inches and is made from cotton, silk, rayon and metallic threads on cotton. This is one of his “Microcosms,” or small works in fiber.



“The Garden Club” made by quilter Brian Clements of Wray is part of the “Wranglers Among Us: 10th Biennial Men’s Show” now through May 2 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden.



Richard Caro of Waterville, Maine, is showing “Vision” at the men’s exhibit in Golden.



TOM LUNDBERGHe’ll give four free sessions on fiber arts Feb. 22 and 23 at Mesa State College.



Women far outnumber quilters and fiber artists who happen to be men, but it’s only fair that this small segment of talented fellows be given their “props” from time to time.

So here’s to the guys exhibiting quilts at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. Titled “Wranglers Among Us: 10th Biennial Men’s Show,” the event runs through May 2.

Among them are such names as Ricky Tims and David Taylor, both Coloradans who have won international acclaim. Also in the lineup are Carmon Salter, Scott Murkin, Edward Bostic, Richard Caro, Allen Tremain and more.

Another Colorado quilter, Brian Clements of Wray, not only quilts for himself, but also does long-arm quilting for hire. On his Web site, http://www.fellowquilter.com, Clements says he’s been quilting since 1989. He started doing custom work on a Gammill machine in 2007.

Another who is featured in the museum exhibit is Joe the Quilter aka Joe Cunningham of San Francisco. Like the accomplished pianist/quilter Ricky Tims, Cunningham performs nationally with a musical quilt show. He has devoted much of his life to the study of quilt history and traditional techniques.

Cunningham has two new books being published this year, one on men who quilt and another on his own life and work.

For Scott Murkin, life is a combination of quilting and medicine. He is a family practice doctor and occupational medicine specialist from North Carolina. He also travels throughout the country as a nationally certified quilt judge.

These quilters extraordinaire come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Check out their cloth works at the museum, 1213 Washington Ave. in downtown Golden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Gallery admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for college students, and free for children 5 and younger.

For information, go to http://www.rmqm.org or call 303-277-0377.

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Coming to the Western Slope this month, specifically to Mesa State College, will be visiting artist Tom Lundberg. He’ll give four free sessions, open to the public, on fiber arts Feb. 22 and 23 in the Fine Arts Building.

Lundberg is professor of art at Colorado State University, where he coordinates programs in fibers and teaches courses in weaving and surface design. He has lectured and taught in the United States, as well as England, New Zealand and Italy.

Amassing his own body of work called “Microcosms,” Lundberg specializes in small-scale embroideries that take a variety of forms such as badges, pockets and footprints. Stitches intersect and overlap to form densely layered thread pictures in miniature.

On Monday, Feb. 22, Lundberg has scheduled:

10-10:50 a.m., Introduction to Fibers for Teachers, Room 302.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Conscious Design: Microcosms, Room 302.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23:

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Contemporary Fibers in Today’s Art World, Room 202.

3:30-4:45 p.m., the Business Side of Fiber Arts, Room 214.

No registration is required, and free parking is available along residential streets near campus that don’t have signs saying “permit required.”

The Fine Arts Building is on the northeast corner of Houston/10 Street and Bunting Avenue.

Be sure to make plans to attend at least one of his sessions. You may want to learn more at http://www.tomlundberg.com.

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Here’s what I learned from my recent train excursion to the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo in Denver.

Bad boy of quilting Mark Lipinski, former editor-in-chief of Quilter’s Home magazine, has several new projects in the works.

During his evening lecture at the Denver Merchandise Mart, Lipinski revealed that his ventures will include two different magazines — Fabric Trends and a new one called Mark Lipinski Create: When One Craft Just Isn’t Enough.

He’s also been elected to the board of the Alliance of American Quilts and has two new fabric collections from Northcott coming out in April and May. The collections are titled “Winter’s Grace” and “Good Morning, Sunshine.” The latter is a juvenile collection in colors for boys and girls.

His trunk show in Denver was full of bed-sized quilts he designed that have been featured in national magazines.

Lipinski says he’s not good with color, using value only when designing. Bold patterns in his pieced borders added visual punch around his mostly traditional center patterns.

He pleaded with his audience to not store their cloth creations out of sight, but to “use your quilts so your family forms relationships with your heirlooms.”

That way, family members will appreciate these works of art when they’re passed to the next generations.

Hey Mark, great advice.

E-mail Sherida.Warner@ gjsentinel.com.


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