2021 Grand National
We are pleased to be able to present this exhibition of Canadian Fibre Art for your enjoyment. Crossroads is our first touring exhibition. The decision to take the Grand National on tour placed us at a
Envisioning this new path has led to our curatorial theme.
Photo of “Crossed Roads” courtesy of Sara Judith
As time goes on, one encounters a point at which the normal path through life is divided. A decision must be made. Which way does one go? For better or worse the future will take a new path. This is a fundamental and vital part of life.
However, adventuring out on a new path takes courage. Sometimes change is forced on us by others, so one has to find this courage in order to carry on. Many give up, but many more express more resilience then they ever thought possible. History is brimming with examples of such people and events.
Other times it is a conscious decision to tap that courage and take a new path into the unknown. To discover the new, the unexplored, the uncharted, the unfamiliar. These are all paths that we can take. Do you have the desire and the courage to take that first step? Get out of your box and stretch yourself to a new level. To take the crossroad.
Thinking of the people throughout history who have meet and acted on their crossroads, we wished to present an exhibition honouring and remembering these courageous people. This is timely as in this environment of establishing new norms, many will be facing their 'crossroads'. We hope this exhibition will give them the courage they need to carry on.
We would like to thank the Grand National Quilt Show Committee and especially Kathleen Bissett for the continued support and advice freely offered over the past four years. This committee was the creator of the Grand National concept and tirelessly organized 12 Grand National Quilt Shows presented in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. We are proud to be carrying on their legacy.
Another special thank you has to go to Janome Canada Ltd. a supporter of the Grand National since its inception in 2003. All we had to do was ask and they stepped forward to give us the support needed to allow us to offer the prizes that the Grand National has seen in the past. Thank you also, to our new major sponsor Wonderfil Specialty Threads and all our other sponsors listed in the Sponsors section of this site.
May 2 to June 27, 2021
9 Bailey Drive Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
July 10 to September 25, 2021
Thunder Bay Museum
425 Donald St, E, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V1
October 16, 2021 to February 26, 2022
Hosted by Woodstock Art Gallery.
On view at the Woodstock Museum NHS
466 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON N4S 1C4
March 14 - May 21, 2022
Victoria Arts Council Gallery
1800 Store St., Victoria, BC V8T 4R4
June 1 - August 26, 2022
Weyburn Arts Council
540 – 5th St. NE, Weyburn SK S4H 0Z8
September 22 to November 12, 2022
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Ave., Unit 2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9
Dates to Remember:
Virtual Opening in Fredericton – May 2021
Exhibition Conclusion – Nov 12, 2022
Artwork Return by – Dec 31, 2022
Grand Prize - Joan Kilpatrick for 'Illumination/Bright Possibilities'
Janome Award of Excellence - Eileen Findlay for 'Trasna'
Wonderfil Award of Excellence in Thread Work:
1st Place: Terry Aske for 'Night Driving'
2nd Place: Coreen Zerr for 'Into the Light'
3rd Place: Juliet Nowlan for 'To Go or Not To Go'
Judge's Choice Awards:
Judge Peter Larocque - Jaynie Himsl for '1000 Steps'
Judge Ann Perry - Chriss Coleman for 'Decisions…'
Judge Vita Plume - Janet Harper for 'Poised'
Viewers’ Choice Award:
To be announced Nov 13, 2022.
The Full Exhibition
C for Jo
This is the result of the 2019 Improvnorth Quilting Bee that is made up of 10 artists across Canada. The request was for yellow and white fractured blocks. A black and white stripe was to be inserted to represent their individuality. It was raw edge appliquéd to give the illusion that every block is connected; signifying what can result in choosing to work together rather than alone; the horseshoe representing good luck. The name pays homage to the artist’s sister whom reminded us that in the world of design, there is more than one way to hang a horseshoe.
H" X W": 51 X 55