Friday, April 19, 2013

New Mexico Arts & Crafts Festival Keynote Exhibit

The New Mexico Quilters’ Association has the immense honor of being selected as the 2013 Keynote Exhibit at the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Festival. The Fair is one of the top shows in the nation and largest events in the state. Over 220 of New Mexico’s preeminent artisans are drawn to the juried and judged event boasting $4,500 in prizes. The Festival features an open-air youth art exhibit, jurors ‘exhibit, silent auction, and artist demonstrations. This is a wonderful opportunity to publicize our organization, showcase the work of our members, and bring recognition to quilting as fine art. The Fair is generously permitting the sale of tickets for our Balloon Fiesta Raffle quilt, which supports our programming and charitable endeavors. Signup are taking place for those interested in promoting our organization to the to the 15,000 art enthusiasts who attend the show, which averages $700,000 in yearly sales. The Festival runs June 21 (10-9), 22 (10-5), and 23(10-4). It is held in the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex on Heritage Avenue within the EXPO New Mexico located at Central and San Pedro in Albuquerque, NM. NMQA will have a 20’ x 100’ space in Hall C and will be provided with pipe and drape. If you are interested in featuring your quilted work, please e-mail your contact information and your entry’s measurements, title, pattern source, quilters’ name, and description (inspiration, materials, techniques used, etc.) limited to 100 words to Afton Warrick at by May 20.  There is no fee to apply for NMQA members. Membership is $25. Demonstrators are also sought to share their techniques first hand. Those willing to allow patrons to view their works-in-progress pertaining to beading, appliquĂ©, modern quilting, paper piecing, binding, free-motion quilting, handwork, piecing, ribbonwork, etc. are sought. If you would like to discuss your methods, materials, and inspiration face-to-face at the show, please e-mail Afton Warrick at by May 20.

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