A collaboration over thousands of miles, spanning 21 years, is the core of this new exhibit “Three Worlds – One Spirit.” The exhibit features quilts by Artist Member Laura Lee Fritz, displayed in conjunction with work by Guatemala City quilt artist Priscilla Bianchi. Both artists are inspired by the indigenous Mayan textiles from Guatemala Highland villages. Laura’s quilt designs are created in response to the traditional huipiles (embroidered blouses) and stories told by the Mayan textiles. Priscilla Bianchi creates passionately brilliant quilt interpretations, which are then stitched and quilted by Laura Lee Fritz. Experience this captivating exhibition displayed in “trios,” with each artists’ artwork hung alongside the inspirational Mayan weaving. The museum is open and the exhibit is free to the public.
Laura Lee Fritz is a professional quilter, living in Sonoma and a member of numerous arts organizations including MarinMOCA. She has exhibited and taught, since 1987, from Alaska to Guatemala, from Hawaii to New York City. Her work has been collected by major textile museums, corporations, and individuals. Laura’s work includes commercially published books, of quilting line designs and how-to techniques. She also quilts the patchworks sewn by quilters all over the world.
Priscilla Bianchi is a celebrated quilt artist from Guatemala City. She has exhibited and taught internationally since 1999. The Guatemala National Postage Service released a series of stamps featuring her quilts, and a recent commission resulted in a magnificent 4-piece quilt in the lobby of the new Hyatt Centric Hotel in downtown Guatemala City. The commission was designed and sewn by Priscilla, and then quilted by Laura Lee Fritz.