Collage of Quilts
Fiber Optix formerly “Contemporary Concepts” An Artists' Group
Fiber Optix Member News
Keetje Abbenhuis
Sandy Altenberg
Cher Cartwright
Nancy Cordry
Julie Drake
Lorraine Edmond
Louise Harris
Barbara Kanaya
Janet Kurjan
Melisse Laing
Ellin Larimer
Barb Nepom
Sharon Robinson
Janet Steadman

  • Fiber Optix continues with an ongoing exhibition at Penn Cove Pottery Gallery, 26184 State Rte 20, Coupeville, WA. Work is being rotatated so do drop by again, even if you were there last fall, to see the new pieces. Open Monday - Friday 10-1; Saturdays 10-5; closed Sundays. Call the gallery at 360-678-6464 for other hours of opening.

  • We were well represented at Quilt National 2021 which, now that it has closed, has been divided into three groups to tour as smaller exhibitions. Further information about these shows can be found through the Dairy Barn website.
  • Barb Nepom's group has two tour dates announced:
    • from January 27-April 9, 2022, that group will show at the Ohio Art Council's Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and
    • from Oct 16, 2022 through January 8, 2023 their work can be seen at the San Jose Museeum of Quilts and Textiles in California
  • Barb Kanaya and Nancy Cordry are together in another group. To date, their group is scheduled to be shown at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT from March 18 - April 17, 2022. It has not been established if pizza will be served at the Mystic show.

  • Melisse Laing, who was diagnosed with Parkinson more than 10 years ago, has created a series of quilts relating to her experience of the disease. Five of these quilts can be seen in a virtual art gallery as part of the 3rd annual Northwest Parkinson's Awareness project at this link.

  • Julie Drake has work in an upcoming international exhibit, Contemporaneo Patchwork, to be held in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brasil on dates to be determined. You can look for that information on their website here.

  • Five of our members, Barb Kanaya, Louise Harris, Melisse Laing, Nancy Cordry and Barb Nepom, were juried into Little/BIG, the Schack Arts Center's Annual Holiday Art Exhibit featuring, amongothers, works by members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association. You can see photos of our members' quilts hanging in the Schack here

  • WAY TO GO. The National Quilt Museum in Padukah, KY has accepted Louise Harris's piece "Growing into the Light" into their permanent collection. Congratulations, Louise.

  • This is a wonderful oportunity for fans of Janet Steadman to own one of her beautiful quilts. When Janet moved last fall into a condo which lacked the space to store all her quilts, she generously donated many to the Pacific Northwest Art School as a fundraiser for the school. Now you, too, can own an original Janet Steadman art quilt. Just go to the PNW Art School website where you will find many of Janet's quilts for sale on line.

  • Nancy Cordry has a beautiful new website. Check it out:

  • Julie Drake has also just launched her own lovely website: