January 15, 2014
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
McCulloch Highlights Functional Art with “Treasured” Artist Exhibit;
Features Montana Quilters from Fort Shaw, Helena, and Belgrade
HELENA, MT – Beauty and functionality come together in Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s latest “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibit. From now through the end of the April 2014, the creative works of Montana quilters Diana Simkins, Beverly Marlow, Susan Noble, Linda Parker and Cheri Bergeron will be on display in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office. The exhibit is available at no cost to the public.
“Each piece is 100 percent Montana,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Quilting is about storytelling, and there’s an intricate record of experience among the colors and designs in each layout.”
The featured pieces in the exhibit are by Simkins, who quilts out of her home in Fort Shaw. Known for her bold color choices and complicated patterns, Simkins is actively involved in her local quilt guilds and has taught classes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Marlow, Noble, Parker and Bergeron round out the show with one-of-a-kind pieces created in Belgrade and Helena.
“It’s an honor to be chosen as a ‘Treasured’ Artist and recognized among other Montana quilters,” Simkins said. “I hope that through this exhibit, we encourage other artists to pick up the art of quilting and create masterpieces to pass down from one generation to the next.”
“We’ve never showcased functional art before,” Secretary McCulloch added. “It’s beautiful, utilitarian, and just plain fun.”
Past and present “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibits are featured in an online gallery at sos.mt.gov/Gallery.