Sacred Threads

"Eye Contact: creating a connection"

Thank you to all the artists that participated. We could not have been more pleased with the entries and the impact the exhibit made during the 2019 exhibit.

In this video, our Curator, Barbara Hollinger talks about her vision for the special exhibit.

Enjoy this video of our special exhibit
Eye Contact: creating a connection

Eye Contact: creating a connection


In a time where we seem to be divided by politics, economics, race, religion and philosophy, a personal connection to those around us seems hard to establish. We walk through the world with our heads down and our attention focused on daily tasks and distractions. The web that holds the human race together is unravelling and we are left feeling isolated and invisible.

In an effort to reestablish that link, I have put my phone away, lifted my head up and started making eye contact with strangers. As our paths cross and our gazes meet, even if only for a fleeting moment, that web rebuilds. Shoulders hunched in discouragement or sorrow straighten, heads lift slightly, and a smile often sparks across clenched lips. That momentary connection when eyes meet reignites the spark of humanity that connects us all.

This collection of small quilts will hopefully inspire you and help you bridge the distance that seem to separate us. Lift up your head, gaze into someone’s eyes and make a connection.

Barbara Hollinger, Curator, Sacred Threads

Confirmed locations for Eye Contact:

Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Gaithersburg, MD
March 9 - March 15, 2020

HeART Gallery, Toledo, OH
April 2020

Virginia Quilt Musuem, Harrisonburg, VA
July 2020 - August 2020

International Quilt Festival - Houston
October 29 - November 1, 2020

White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
January 2021 (rescheduled)

AQS Quilt Week:

Feb 2021 - Daytona, FL

March 2021 - Lancaster, PA

April 2021 - Paducah, KY

Lavender Door Gallery, Stockbridge, MA
June 2021

For our Potential Venues: In order to travel this exhibit, we have made two-sided panels that can hang from a ceiling or a pipe apparatus. Here are some mock-ups to show you how it can look:

Mock-Up:

Suggested Layout:

Alternate Layout:

Resources for our Venues:

Please read carefully these Packing Instructions when getting ready to ship the exhibit to the next location.

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