Galaxy of stars on horizon at Gateway retreat

“Venice II” by Judi Warren Blaydon of Milford, Mich., received a juror’s choice award in the 2010 Quilts=Art=Quilts show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.


5 MASTER QUILTERS ON 2011 ALEGRE RETREAT FACULTY Nancy Crow lives in rural Columbus, Ohio, where she has a large studio and teaching facility on a 90-acre farm. She teaches quilting as an art form using improvisational techniques and is credited with pushing fibers and textiles beyond craft and into “art consciousness.” Co-founder of Quilt National, Crow’s accomplishments include being selected as a fellow of the American Craft Council and recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship and National Living Treasure Award. Two books of her works have been published, “Nancy Crow,” a pictorial review of her quilt series from 1989-2005, and “Crossroads: Constructions, Markings and Structures,” a catalog of her new quilts.

Judi Warren Blaydon of Milford, Mich., specializes in small collages of photo elements, which she then uses like a diagram to translate her designs into larger pieces of fabric art. Blaydon was listed by Nihon Vogue as one of “88 Leaders in the Quilt World Today.” One of her quilts, “The Mountain and the Magic: Night Lights” is in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky. 

Rosalie Dace of South Africa teaches, judges and exhibits her work internationally. She has degrees in art and education. Dace’s work reflects her passion for color, design and texture.  She also believes a quilt should reflect its place and time in history. http://www.rosalie

Emily Richardson of Philadelphia has a background in fashion design and theatrical costuming. Honors include the Leeway Award for Excellence in Fiberarts and the Nihon Vogue Quilts Japan Award.

Katie Pasquini Masopust of Santa Fe, N.M., travels the world teaching her contemporary quilt art techniques in landscapes and abstracts. She is a prolific author in her field as well.

In 2005, Masopust received the International Quilt Association’s Silver Star award for her accomplishments and contributions to the industry.

She is the host of Alegre Retreats and serves on the Experius Academy Advisory Council for Gateway Canyons Resort, where some of her art quilts are on permanent display.

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 or call 970-931-2458.

The third annual Alegre Retreat is one opportunity you won’t want to miss.

E-mail Sherida.Warner


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