Galaxy of stars on horizon at Gateway retreat
The roster for this year’s Alegre Retreat, an art quilter’s experience at Gateway Canyons Resort in southern Mesa County, reads like a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary fiber artists.
Nancy Crow, often referred to as the founder of the art quilt movement, will teach a seven-day workshop March 21-27 on her specialty, “The Best of Strip-piecing I and II.”
Judi Warren Blaydon, 2010 award winner and 2010 author of “Collage+Cloth=Quilt,” will share her techniques in a five-day session by the same title.
Rosalie Dace, a resident of South Africa and international teacher, plans to travel to Colorado for a five-day class on “Earth, Wind and Fire,” guiding students in the making of an abstract color-rich quilt top that uses nature as a starting point.
Emily Richardson, recognized for the painterly and expressive qualities of her work, will conduct a two-day session on “Painting and Composition.”
Katie Pasquini Masopust, director of the retreat and a well-known art quilter and sought-after educator, will instruct a five-day session on “Painted, Stitched Canvas.”
That’s an amazing amount of talent in one posh venue. In quilt art circles, it’s akin to the recent gathering of performing artist honorees at the Kennedy Center.
Several options are available at the 2011 Alegre Retreat. Shorter, two-day workshops are scheduled by Richardson, Dace and Masopust. Dace will offer “Line Dance,” and Masopust will teach “Stitched Landscape Paintings.”
Those who opt not to take classes still can participate in a lecture series.
On Monday, March 21, participants will have lunch and a lecture on “Big Rocks, Smart Women” by Blaydon, and dinner and a lecture on “Have Quilts, Will Travel” by Dace.
On Wednesday, March 23, the schedule offers lunch and a lecture on “Quilts and Quilt Trips” by Masopust and dinner and a lecture by Crow.
The single-day packages cost $75 each and include meals, lectures, entrance to the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum and a discount on spa services at the resort.
For information on other retreat prices, lodging and registration, go to http://www.alegreretreat.com or call 970-931-2458.
The third annual Alegre Retreat is one opportunity you won’t want to miss.
E-mail Sherida.Warner @gjsentinel.com.