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Halcyon Explored -  The Charlottesville Womens Initiative  •   Charlottesville, Virginia
April 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Fiber and Stitch Collective is a group of central Virginia artists based in Charlottesville and loosely affiliated with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).  

We meet monthly to discuss art, the history of art quilting and to offer each other support and critique. We exchange techniques and guidance, as well as teach creative activities to each other. 

In addition to providing support within our fiber arts community, we aim to provide people in central Virginia an opportunity to experience art quilts and the unique use of fiber and other forms of stitch art. 

Our current show is presented in two parts. The first section is called " Halcyon Explored".  The word "Halcyon" evokes peace and calm. But also may name a genus of bird, a British navel ship, a music album, a famous building, a commercial business, a town, a TV drama, a video game, or a literary work.  Greek mythology is the origin of the word.

Halcyon is the English version of ""Alcyone", the daughter of Aeolus, god of the winds. Alcyone mourned her husband, Ceyx, after he died in a shipwreck. She drowned herself in the sea, but her father changed them into seabirds, so their love would continue. The strong winds threatened their nest on the waves, so Aeolus calmed the winds for seven days a year, midwinter, so she could lay her eggs.

"Halcyon Days" refers nostalgically to any past time of peace, happiness and success. 

Each quilt in this section explores any meaning of the word "halcyon" that inspired the artist, leading to a varied presentation from nostalgic memories to imagined landscapes to mythological sea birds, as well as abstract compositions and contemporary interpretations of traditional quilt patterns. 

The second section is a collection of art quilts that represent several different styles and techniques but do not fall in to a theme.  This collection includes folk art, landscapes, figurative work and abstracts. Some works use traditional quilting construction, while others employ innovative techniques and materials.

For more information about the art or our group, please contact Jane Fellows at 

Reception: April 8, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm




Venue Info:
The Charlottesville Womens Initiative
1101 East High St. 
Charlottesville, VA 22902
United States