Opening Reception for Ann Luther Exhibit to Take Place Thursday at JCC

ann-luther-mount-kilimanjaro-quiltIt’s not your typical engineer who loves to quilt. But then again, it’s not your typical engineer who climbs Mount Kilimanjaro and then creates a beautiful quilt to commemorate the experience.

Meet Ann Luther, a civil engineer who got hooked on quilting after taking a class in 1994, and never looked back. Her quilted designs are works of art, each inspired by pictures that capture her interest, as well as personal experience.

Her latest exhibit, Threads of Life: Quilt works by Ann Luther, is on display now through February 28, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center. She will speak at a brief reception on Thursday, January 16.

Luther’s designs exude a passion for color, pattern and texture, as well an eye for detail that becomes increasingly apparent the closer you look. Made of various fabrics and beads, each one is hand-sewn, and reflects her desire to always be pushing the boundaries of her craft.

Or, as she puts it, “Some women are drawn to shoes while I am drawn to thread. Variegated, metallic, rayon, and the wonderful selection of colored are a jumping off point to quilting a piece. The ever expanding selection means that there is always something new to try.”

ann-luther-quiltShe is an active member of the Indiana Quilt Guild, an organization which provides quilts for premature babies to local hospitals. She typically donates her time to make around forty, 16-inch squares per year.

“I strongly believe that every baby should have a quilt so that they are covered by love. The selection of the colors and pattern are fun and whimsical for a baby quilt. I usually wait till the baby is born before the quilt is made. This allows the quilt to be made with the personality of the future owner taken into consideration,” she says.

She has also won many awards, including ribbons at the Indiana State Fair, as well as from the Indianapolis Quilt Guild.

This is a very unique exhibit, and worth checking out for anyone with an interest in art. The reception, in particular, offers the added bonus of being able to meet the artist, and gain a better understanding the creative process that went into the making of each piece.

Event Info

  • Threads of Life: Quilt works by Ann Luther
  • Opening Reception: Thu, Jan 16 from 5:30–7:30 pm
  • Exhibit runs through February 28, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center
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