Thursday, August 2, 2018

Frida Kahlo exhibit that's AMAZING

I'm sure you recognize the figure in this picture.  It's Frida Kahlo, who was an artist from Mexico who was married to Diego Rivera, TWICE!  I think she's more well known for her appearance than for her art, to be honest.
Cindy Thompson, who made that fabulous pin cushion for me some months ago, mentioned that she was invited to exhibit HER quilt at this exhibit in a small gallery in Walnut Creek.  So I wanted to be sure to get there before it closed in a month.  Yesterday I went with some friends and we were totally impressed and overwhelmed with the variety and quality.

All kinds of artists were invited to submit/display their versions of Frida.  The variety was awe-inspiring.

This greeted us at the entry... can you see that there were quilts on the floor and walls of this little display?  Sadly we weren't able to get close to it.
I really like the quilt on the floor, which seemed to have a lot of Kaffe Fasset fabrics, square in a square, with fabulous flowers adorning the edges.

This is Cindy's quilt, which was really fabulous!  Her thread-work created the face and hair and was just so beautifully done...even down to the gray streaks in her hair!  The necklace was real jewelry!

This was another version that was hand-embroidered!  I tried to take a picture from the side so you could see the stitching.  Not sure if worked but isn't this just amazing??  Embroidered!~!

I really like this one; the quote was one she was known for.  You may not realize that she sustained a very serious, sad injury when she was young that left her in tremendous pain throughout her life and severely limited her mobility.

There were also two artists who had decorated dollar bills.  This one was my favorites.  We were just so impressed with the talent!

There were very few quilts exhibited.  This was one of the ones you could look at closely.  Finding curved piecing so challenging I was particularly impressed with this design and the execution.

I apologize for not having gotten the artist's information.  Isn't this just an amazing interpretation?  
I can tell you that most of the artists were local.

We are heading up to the cabin in Sunriver tomorrow with our 3 grandkids... our daughter is driving up on Saturday so we'll have her whole family an entire week.  So we are very excited!  I probably won't get much sewing done but that's ok, right??  We will miss the other little darling boy who was with us last month.  I think getting all our 3 adults kids with their families in one place at the same time is asking a lot!  I guess that is the way it is, right?

Hope you enjoyed this little Frida display.  If you are in the Bay Area, I highly recommend going to the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek.


  1. Have fun, Randy! I like that she portrayed her gray hair...lovely!

  2. I actually don't think I know who she is. What a fun exhibit.
    Have a great time at Sunriver!

  3. You have to admire a woman that rocks her uni-brow! So fun to see all the interpretations!

  4. I didn't know Frida, but I am happy that you shared this with us and told me a little bit about her. She must have been something else since so many people did something in her effigy. Very cool. ;^)

  5. I was not familiar with this woman, either. Some amazing creations here. Looks like quite a show!

  6. Thanks for sharing these unusual quilts. I'm not familiar with her but she was quite something. Have a great time with your family.

  7. OMG she is my favorite female artist!!! I've made 2 little quilts about Frida!
    What an amazing exhibit.