An exhibition of my quilts opened in Žeimelis yesterday, August 31st, that marked last day of summer here in Lithuania. I don’t know how you are going to pronounce Žeimelis, just try. Žeimelis is small but very old town in the North of Lithuania, close to the border with Latvia.
I went there for the first time about three weeks ago with few of my friends. We walked around the town and visited local history museum that is called Museum Žiemgala.
Here are few photos of Žeimelis:
As I said before, my exhibition took place at Žiemgala Museum. The museum has an extended collection of artifacts, photos and documents telling a rich history of that part of Lithuania, where Lithuanians, Latvians, Jews and Russians lived side by side for centuries.
This exhibition was not planned and I wasn’t going to have any more solo exhibitions this year. It has changed when I first visited Žeimelis and met Daiva, the curator of the museum. Right away I felt a connection with her. I couldn’t resist her asking me to bring my quilts to Žeimelis. This time I brought my newest quilts alongside with some older ones:
This quilt I made just for Žeimelis:
Recently I dyed fabrics using indigo dyes and made these two quilts:
And last but not least is my quilt, that was accepted into competition in Italy, Verona Tessile 2019:
I was surprised by the crowd. Of course, there were speeches, and flowers, and communication:
After the opening we all went out to enjoy beautiful weather and dahlias.
The festival of dahlias is a tradition in Žeimelis. Dahlias are everywhere: they grow in flower beds by houses and by sidewalks, but the main activities are in the park:
Next was selection of the winner of the bouquet contest. Few of my favorite bouquets:
And the winner was:
There were many more activities, there was music and food, lots of laughs, and making new friends. Beautiful farewell to the summer.