But on Saturday she took a brain break from the on-line course and left early in the day to drive to Lowell, Massachusetts which is about 2 hours away just across the state line. Lowell is a fascinating city with a rightful place in history, especially in the Industrial Revolution and the Textile Industry. The history of water powered mils is strong enough that the US Park Service has one of their National Historical Parks there.
The purpose of the trip was to attend the premiere opening of an exhibit at The New England Quilt Museum called Threads of Resistance. You may have heard of the exhibit or if you read our blog regularly, seen a piece Sue made when the call for entries went out. Sue’s piece is part of the on-line exhibit.
Elizabeth was pleased to see the quilts selected for display. They were grouped, lit and hung so that the colors were extremely vibrant. 12 of the artists were present at the premiere. They were positioned around the room next to their quilts so they could talk about them with the guests which was extremely interesting as they spoke about their techniques as well as their personal motivation for making their quilt. Topics ranged from the environment, women’s bodies, basic human rights, to the president himself and his words and actions. While the museum allows you to photograph the quilts it does not allow photos to be posted on social media so if you can’t see this exhibit as it travels in the next 2 years, you can see them on the website or buy the show catalog.