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At the New England Quilt Museum January 7 - April 4, 2020

"Salvaged: The Stitched Narratives of Jennifer Regan"

On loan from the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

The New England Quilt Museum is proud to feature the works of Jennifer Regan
(1934 – 2016), who created more than one hundred story quilts or “stitched
narratives” that incorporate storytelling and representational imagery. One of
Regan’s earliest and most profound inspirations was Harriet Powers, former slave
and maker of the extraordinary Pictorial Quilt, 1898. Regan writes, “I felt I had
found my artistic mother. The total freedom of her imaginings, her love of animals,
myths, especially the Creation, inspired me.”

Regan’s stitched narratives originated to cope with personal loss, but over time
they expanded beyond her emotional explorations to incorporate a multitude of
influences and purposes. Her artworks intertwine the Italian Renaissance,
Freudian psychology, pop culture, religion and poetry to explore her changing role
in society. Many stitched narratives reveal Regan’s sense of humor through their
playful imagery and language. When her artworks dealt with socio-political subject
matter, she sometimes called them her “subversive stitchery.”

Regan created many pieces depicting Boston, Massachusetts, and often paid
homage to post-impressionists like Matisse, Rousseau, and Seurat. She explored
different compositional structures in her work, such as a series of Greek vessels,
Roman-inspired shrines, or utilizing Renaissance styles to depict contemporary
subject matter. A prominent recurring motif in many of her works address concepts
of home, and the loss of home. The 57 stitched narratives selected for this
exhibition explore the tension between life’s dualities--triumph and tragedy,
mourning and celebration, death and rebirth--as a reminder that all these
experiences can exist simultaneously throughout the feminine experience.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1,  1 pm  (snow date: Feb. 8)

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm

The NEQM welcomes Heather Gring,Curator and Archivist at the Burchfield Penney Arts
Center in Buffalo, New York for an in-depth look at Salvaged: The Stitched Narratives of
Jennifer Regan.
Chelmsford Quilter's Guild Biennial Quilt Show 2020
Saturday, May 9: 10am - 6pm and Sunday, May 10: 10am - 4pm
Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road (Rt 40),
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

  • Over 100 quilts by our members on display
  • Fabulous Patchwork Cafe with tempting treats and refreshments prepared
    by our members
  • Silent Auction
  • Themed Raffle Baskets
  • Quilting Demonstrations
  • Raffle Quilt (see right)
  • Vendor: Bits 'n Pieces Quilt Shop

Admission: $7

Plenty of Parking
Wheelchair Accessible