Patchwork to Artwork: Journey of an Alaskan Quiltmaker

Feb 12, 2023 2:00PM—3:00PM

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Please join us virtually as quilt Artist Maria Shell shares her work from her first stitches to her most recent pieces along with some fun stories about trying to quilt while raising three boys in the wild lands of Alaska. Maria’s work is grounded in the tradition of American patchwork but also connects to both the modern and art quilt movements. Don’t miss this journey filled with laughter, dark Alaskan nights, and lots of stitching! (Your registration confirmation email will include the Zoom link you need to join us.)

Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt-making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them to create surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award (2009), and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2013, 2017). She has had several solo and small group shows including The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California, and OFF the Grid at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.  Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017. Learn more about Maria’s process by visiting her website at, her Instagram feed @mariashellart, or this recent interview.

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