Kaleidoscopes and Quilt Exhibit Comes to KACC

Paula Nadelstern

KACC announces an exciting, colorful exhibit coming in March!

The exhibit, Kaleidoscopes and Quilts: State of the Art will run March 6 – April 6, 2024 and will feature a variety of contemporary kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope-inspired quilts by artist Paula Nadelstern.

Nadelstern will showcase ten of her iconic quilts alongside approximately 30 kaleidoscopes from the International Brewster Society.

Paula Nadelstern has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. She is included as an artist in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts. Her designs have been exhibited in a solo exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum, highlighting the work of contemporary quilt artistry in 2009. Senior curator of the American Folk Museum speaks of Nadelstern's work as” encompassing science, history, innovation, and tradition. Minute pieces of fabric are joined like slivers of colored glass into a magical whole, a masterful manipulation of color and pattern”. Most recently in 2023, the artist was featured at the International Quilt Museum in Nebraska. In addition to her numerous awards, she is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts.

The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society is a multi-national member group of artists who design and create kaleidoscopes.

Founded in 1986, by the late Cozy Baker, the international organization is named after the inventor of the kaleidoscope, Sir David Brewster. Its mission is to share and promote the beauty, creativity, and joy kaleidoscopes bring to the world. “We wanted to curate a show that celebrates the large downtown kaleidoscope to be installed in early February,” said Lanza Teague, Director at KACC.

Since its origin in the 19th century, the kaleidoscope has been a great source of inspiration for crafted arts: woodwork, glasswork, metalwork, fiber, jewelry-making, and every other profession in which ornamental patterns are required. Two hundred years later, the kaleidoscope continues to have universal appeal. It has served as a toy for children, parlor entertainment for adults, and a design palette for artists. Cozy Baker, Founder of the Brewster Society remarked “Kaleidoscopes are portals of remembrance that open onto the familiar, yet unexpected. Allowing the eye to marvel, the mind to explore, and the heart to leap, these mirrored tubes of magic have developed into a meaningful art form.”

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a quilt lecture with Paula, adult and youth kaleidoscope-making workshops, and an opening reception with an artist meet and greet. Attendance is limited so please sign up for the lecture and workshops at www.kacckerrville.com. For additional questions about the exhibit and opening reception call 830-895-2911 or email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Information on classes and the Paula Nadelstern lecture will be posted soon!