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FRCQ meets the third Monday of the month from January through November at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center from 7p-9p, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, Colorado. FRCQ does not meet in December. FRCQ Meetings, showcase artists from around the country and locally who give a presentation of their work and talk about their history as an artist. Most of our speakers are nationally known, award winning fiber artists and they generously share their inspiration, knowledge and expertise with our members. Our meetings also have a spectacular show and tell where quilt artists can showcase their work.

Dorothy Caldwell – In Place

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_

Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long-time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices, and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dying, printing, and stitching. Current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter, and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario, and the places where she travels. Dorothy will tell the the stories of her fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, the Australian outback, and rural Japan and India. By using materials collected in the field, whether far away or close to home, the pieced, layered, and stitched surfaces tangibly absorb and reflect her artistic journey.

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.





Wearable Arts Group Fashion Show:

The Fashion Artists Critique Group will present their annual “Runway Show”, with the theme “Colorado, Naturally”. The FRCQ membership is invited to bring their art inspired by the Colorado environment for display.  Any art inspired by the Colorado environment – sky, mountains, water, flowers, trees, geology, earth, fire, snow, rain is eligible.  (We are looking for works inspired by the natural environment, not human impact, such as architecture or events.)

“Naturally” our creative Colorado group will fill the room with delightful, inspiring, diverse works of art! 



Jo Fitsell – Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon


“Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon”

The only way to healthily get out of a cocoon or “comfort zone” is to pull on the threads from the inside. In some ways you must eat your way out, slowly devouring or discarding everything you built up to protect yourself. If someone tries to break in and force you out before you are ready, you die. Nature is both beautiful and brutal. It will try anything once.

This talk will draw comparisons between the natural world and the artistic path. It will highlight some of Jo’s recent work and her excursion to the woods of Massachusetts in which she spent six days in nature with teacher, mentor and artist, Peter London. Students from Jo’s “Daring Greatly” class will discuss their process with mentorship and moving out of comfort zones. Plenty of actual pieces will be presented for viewing.

Jo Fitsell is an artist working with fiber, paper, paint and the stitched line. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Locally, her artwork is at Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, and The Denver Seminary. Jo currently teaches at The Art Students League in Denver and is a “Think 360” artist-in-resident and has had many rewarding collaborations with young people. She is one of the founders of the vital and exciting organization, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Interweave Press has published her new DVD on Marbling “Marbled Fabric Surface Design.” Jo helped The Denver Art Museum set up The Thread Studio.