Looking for something fun to do on a snowy afternoon in Cedarburg? Here at the Washington House Inn, we are always happy to steer guests a few blocks east toward the amazing Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts on Portland Road. To welcome in the new year, the museum has a brand new exhibit – El Baul de mi Abuelita (My Grandmother’s Trunk) – which opens to the public on Jan. 14, and will be up through April 17.
This exciting new exhibit features the work of two Latin American quilters, Patricia Sanabria-Friederich of Costa Rica and Alicia Avila of Mexico, both of whom admit to being inspired by their home country’s artistic and cultural themes.
Sanabria-Friedrich says she that she first noticed the similarities between tiles and quilt patterns while visiting her mother and attending church with her some years ago. Ever since then, she has incorporated mosaic designs into her quilts, even publishing a book of them, named “Mosaic Tile Quilts.” Many of these quilts will be displayed here in Cedarburg, as well as native Costa Rican costumes, dolls and severall quilts made by quilters from her mother’s quilt shop which, incidentally, bears the same name as this exhibit, El Baul de mi Abuelita.
Looking at Alicia Avila’s striking designs, it is obvious that her use of bold colors and native symbols are tied in with her Mexican-American heritage. The Two-Face Mexican Sun, shown here, is not only eye-catching, but a common symbol in traditional Mexican iconography.
And for those who happen to be in the area on Sunday, Jan. 17, the museum is hosting an opening reception from noon-3pm, that will be attended by both the featured artists. The museum, located at N50 W5050 Portland Road, is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
The exhibit is just down the road from Washington House Inn. Come stay with us and enjoy a day appreciating the arts.