Strathmore and Blackrock Center for the Arts Explore Quilting and Recycling

Two exhibitions will be on view at each venue beginning September 2022

GERMANTOWN/NORTH BETHESDA, MD.—Black Rock Center for the Arts and Strathmore announce two concurrent group exhibitions presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). UPCYCLE! will be on view at BlackRock Center for the Arts beginning September 17, and PURPOSE-REPURPOSE! will be presented at the Mansion at Strathmore starting September 6. The exhibitions utilize a variety of reused and recycled materials repurposed for the art of quilting. While UPCYCLE! offered features works from artists all over the world, PURPOSE/REPURPOSE! is a regionally focused exhibition. 


Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today’s environmentally devastating waste issues. Upcycle! offers artwork with intriguing details and unusual materials.

“Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded and turning them into compelling compositions,” said Exhibition Juror Katie Pasquini Masopust.

UPCYCLE! artists are Susan Avishai, Kathleen Bagioni, Karen M. Balos, Sara Bradshaw, Laurie Bucher, Betty Busby, Shin-hee Chin, Yael David-Cohen, Heidi Drahota, Bodil Gardner, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Paula M. Jolly, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Barbara D. Kibbe, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Pat Kroth, Carol Larson Lorie McCown, Susan M. Mogan, Karen Ponischil, Beth and Trevor Reid, Martha E. Ressler, Barbara J. Schneider, Roxanne Schwartz, Linda Syverson Guild, Laura Wasilowski, Susan L. Selby, and Stephanie Shore.

The exhibition will be on view from September 17 – October 29, 2022, in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 1-3pm.  


PURPOSE-REPURPOSE!, a tri-region exhibition, examines the rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded and turning them into compelling compositions.

“I’ve been thinking about how pieces linger in the studio. Repurposing them gives them a new life, and me, a new challenge,” said Paula Kovarik, the exhibition’s juror.

PURPOSE-REPURPOSE! will be on view September 6-October 29, 2022 in the Mansion at Strathmore. The opening reception is Wednesday, September 14, 7-9pm.


Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” Our vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. SAQA’s core values are excellence, innovation, integrity, and inclusion. Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of over 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world. With our exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, we seek to increase the public’s appreciation for the art quilt and to support our members in their artistic and professional growth.


Located in Germantown, MD, BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts.

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