Quilt enthusiasts discover gateway to learning

A triptych of the palisades graces the new Palisade Event Center’s entry at Gateway Canyons Resort. It portrays the palisades that dominate Gateway’s skyline and other nearby land formations. The center panel measures 90 inches by 72 inches, and eah of the side panels is 48 inches by 72 inches. It was created by Katie Pasquini Masopust of Santa Fe, N.M., and commissioned by John and Maureen Hendricks, the resort owners.

The Palisade Event Center at Gateway Canyons Resort will be the setting for the second annual Alegre Retreat, scheduled June 6-13 with five master art quilters as instructors. The new center features large classrooms, the Paint Horse Art Studio, a theater, a library and a restaurant. Go to http://www.alegreretreat.com for details.

A Gateway getaway sounds like the perfect excursion for avid art quilters. Now, an opportunity for just that has materialized.

This year’s Alegre Retreat for art quilters at Gateway Canyons Resort — an hour southwest of Grand Junction through scenic Unaweep Canyon — offers more top-notch instructors, as well as some shorter and less-expensive venues.

“The intention is to reach a wider audience and broaden the awareness of fabric arts,” according to Katie Pasquini Masopust of Santa Fe, N.M., writing on the website http://www.alegreretreat.com.

Masospust is the founder and executive director of the retreat.

The list of instructors has been expanded from two to five at the event scheduled June 6-13. In addition to a five-day retreat, two-day courses are available.

For those who want to soak up the resort atmosphere, mingle with the renowned artists, dine out and admire some exquisite quilts — yet not enroll in classes — Masopust has put together a one-day Alegre lecture series.

The fee for a single-day event is $125 and includes both lunch and dinner lectures, a tour of the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, a spa discount and entry to a quilt exhibit.

The five master art quilters who will share their specialties are Masopust, Sue Benner of Dallas, Jane Dunnewold of San Antonio, Patty Hawkins of Estes Park and Carol Shinn of Fort Collins.

Gateway’s new Palisade Event Center will be the setting for the second annual retreat. It’s equipped with large classrooms, the Paint Horse Art Studio, a theater, a library and a restaurant.

One of the highlights for attendees will be viewing a new quilt in the event center’s entryway commissioned by Gateway owners John and Maureen Hendricks. Maureen Hendricks is a dedicated supporter of fabric arts.

It is the second art quilt the Hendrickses — he of Discovery Channel fame — commissioned from Masopust for their resort. She combined three huge panels, called a triptych, portraying the palisades that dominate Gateway’s skyline and other nearby land formations. The center panel measures 90 inches by 72 inches, and each of the side panels is 48 inches by 72 inches.

Another quilt titled “Triton” was made by Masopust last year and hangs in the resort’s Kiva Lodge lobby. Its size is 6 feet by 8 feet.

The triptych of the palisades graces the Palisade Event Center’s entry, where visitors then proceed into the ballroom. During the Alegre Retreat, 25 quilts will be exhibited in this ballroom. These will be works by this year’s instructors, as well as some from next year’s Alegre teachers.

“It will be a small but powerful show of quality work,” Masopust promises.

And there is more: Maureen Hendricks recently purchased several 12-inch quilts from an auction by the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

“She had them framed, and now they’re hanging in various buildings at the resort,” Masopust says.

The five-day retreat starts with an opening reception June 6; classes run June 7-11. Cost begins at $2,100 per person. Topics are “Abstracting Designs,” “Sewing the Landscape,” “Painting with Freestyle Machine Embroidery” and “The New Complex Cloth.”

Two-day workshops are planned June 12 and 13 with topics “Stitched Canvas,” “Sampling Freestyle Machine Embroidery Techniques,” “Masterful Mixing: Color and You,” and “Collage the Essence (Haiku) of Landscapes.” Cost for the two-day venue begins at $840.

Carol Shinn will lecture during a meal June 7 on “20 Years of Machine Embroidery,” and another talk is to be presented that day by Jane Dunnewold. She will speak on “Art Cloth 2010.”

On June 9, Sue Benner will speak on “Diversity and Relation in Series Work,” and Masopust’s presentation along with a meal is on “Quilts and Quilt Trips.”

For details on pricing and packages or to register, go to the Alegre Retreat website (above) or to http://www.gatewaycanyons.com, phone 970-931-2458. Masopust also welcomes calls of inquiry at her Santa Fe home, 505-471-2899.

As Gateway Resort continues to expand, she and the Alegre Retreat organizers are wise to attract more people to this beautiful area through single-day experiences with more affordable prices.

Anyone up for a day trip?

E-mail Sherida.Warner@ gjsentinel.com.


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