“Colour Speaks” Artistic Visions 2020

March 21, 2020 — April 7, 2020

CAG Gallery, Elevation Place

“Artistic Visions” is the only annual original quilt Art shows hosted in a gallery in Canada.

The guild's first original quilt art show was held in 1999 at the Canmore Library Gallery. It ran for ten days, breaking all prior attendance records for the gallery.

Members are challenged to produce their own original quilt art for display in the visions show.

Event Website

Work is underway to prepare for the 2020 Artistic Visions Show with the theme « COLOUR SPEAKS ».

The opening reception on Friday March 20th from 7:30-9 pm at the Canmore Art Gallery in Elevation Place is open to the public.

The gallery will be open from 11 am till 5 pm daily from Saturday, March 21st till April 7th.


What Do We Mean By "Original Art Quilt"

The design is your idea
Shows originality, artistry, creativity and imagination
May use any style or technique to express your design
May be inspired by another work, as long as it is an interpretation, not a copy
Can contain elements of published work (e.g. a block or border idea) incorporated into your original design
Can use techniques developed by others (e.g. fusing or improvisation) but cannot copy a quilt used to demonstrate the technique
Can be started in a class or workshop but must have significant elements of your creativity, to make it different from what the instructor or your classmates helped you with
Must be a 'quilt' - three layers sewn together
Ultimately, we rely on you and your honesty in saying it is original

Potential Sources of Inspiriation

creativity is not a gift that some people have and others don't
silence the inner critic - ideas evolve - inspiration leads to more inspiration
inspiration from  the theme
inspiration from works of art - Kandinsky, Picasso, VanGogh, Miro, Mondrian
collaborate or work with someone else
be inspired by a photo or landscape
create an abstract design - creative use of colour, pattern, texture, line
print an image on fabric - change it , embellish it
improvisational design - just start and see where is leads
can use mixed media (paints, paper, metal, etc.) use of embellishments