H2Oh!

Visit The National Quilt Museum now through September 19 to feast your eyes on their latest amazing exhibit which is all about water. H2Oh! draws on a well of beauty, reverence and contemplation. The patterns, textures and layers in the artwork draw the viewer in and call attention to the importance of the subject matter.

Cultures have thrived based on their proximity to water, and crops survive or fail, based on rain or the lack thereof. Every living thing depends on water to survive, and life hangs in the balance when shortages persist. 

"Water is a critical resource that is integral to our daily lives,” said Museum CEO Frank Bennett. “These amazing works really resonate with visitors because the artists touch so many topics relevant to everyone's life.  From floods and drought, to lighter topics such as fishing, this exhibit has something for everyone." 

Inspired by the nature around her

Water plays an essential role in our survival and artist Linda Gass combines environmental activism and artmaking to bring awareness to land use and water issues in California. Using the lure of beauty, her colorful and highly textured stitched paintings encourage people to look at the hard issues we face. Many of the pieces included in this exhibit revolve around the effects of human activity on the availability and viability of the water around us.

“When viewed together, this set of works speaks to me with a quiet message that we humans too may become an endangered species if we don’t start managing our water resources more wisely,” Gass said.

For a list of the artwork featured, visit saqa.com/exhibition-view.php?scat=81. See a video collage of featured work here as well saqa.com/weblog/?p=2998.

Linda Gass

Bay Area artist Linda Gass creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for more than 19 years after a decade long career in software.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including 500 Art QuiltsThe Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft. Linda's awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship.

She recently completed a Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Linda is a native Californian, and when she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.