La Quinta Arts Foundation partners with other organizations to offer a diverse slate of arts and crafts

La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) has partnered with eight organizations across the Coachella Valley to offer a diverse slate of arts and crafts activities to promote American Craft Week (ACW) — a national ten-day celebration of handmade craft that encompasses more than a thousand events in all fifty states. La Quinta Arts Foundation won a Star Award as Exceptional Non-profit Participant for its efforts during American Craft Week 2014.

This is La Quinta Arts Foundation’s second year participating in American Craft Week with new alliances that include over 300 members of the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild, and the annual Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs showcase, as well as S.C.R.A.P. Gallery/Coachella Valley Art Center. 

Along with the new partners, all six of last year’s American Craft Week participants are returning to collaborate on the 2015 celebration: La Quinta Museum, La Quinta Historical Society, La Quinta Library, Friends of the La Quinta Library, Old Town Artisan Studio, and Sm’art Studio. Collectively they will offer more than 20 craft themed events and activities including exhibits and receptions, plus a host of workshops for children, teens and adults. Many of the activities are offered free of charge. A complete listing of ACW activities is available on Workshops are limited in class size, so please RSVP directly to the organization’s contact number in advance.

Follow the Thread — A Salute to American Craft Week: LQAF and the City of La Quinta, in association with Coachella Valley Quilt Guild, will present an exhibition at the La Quinta Community Gallery in La Quinta Civic Center (78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta) that is currently on display until November 20, 2015. The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exhibit is a glimpse into the fascinating world of modern-day quilt artists who are able to transform a fabric canvas into a multi-faceted art piece by imagining the possibilities contained in a bolt of fabric and a spool of thread and will feature thirty hanging quilts, plus twelve quilt sculptures. Quilt artists are continually pushing the boundaries of this medium as they explore new directions for this American craft.

A lecture and reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, October 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Laura Wasilowski, renowned textile artist, teacher and creator of hand dyed fabrics and threads, will give a presentation featuring selections of her quilt art, followed by a gallery reception from 5 to 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs scheduled at Palm Springs Convention Center, October 8-10.