Collage of Quilts
Fiber Optix formerly “Contemporary Concepts” An Artists' Group
Fiber Optix Member News
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

  • Current Fiber Optix Group Exhibit: We are once again so pleased to be invited to show at the Penn Cove Pottery Gallery located at 26184 State Rte 20, Coupeville, WA on beautiful Whidbey Island. Our exhibit will hang throughout the months of September and October, 2021. Fall hours for the gallery are shortened to 10-1 on weekdays and 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays, closed Sundays. You can call them at (360) 678-6464 to arrange for other opening hours. More information about the gallery is available on their website.

  • Quilt National 2021 is closing but we were well represented. Once again we have multiple members whose work has been juried into Quilt National. Nancy Cordry, Barb Nepom, and Barb Kanaya all have pieces selected for inclusion in this major exhibtion at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio from May 28 through September 6, 2021. Special congratulations to Nancy Cordry recipient of the Outstanding Machine Pieced Quilt Award. You can watch the virtual awards ceremony here . Go to the Dairy Barn website for information about this year's traveling Quilt National exhibits.

  • 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: