American Quilts/American Voices
In 2004, Rik was named a speaker for Humanities Washington’s Inquiring
Mind speaker bureau series. His topic is “American
Quilts/American Voices.” The first engagements begin spring
of 2005 at the times and locations shown below.
Thursday, March 17, 7:00
p.m. – Jefferson County
Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock, WA
Saturday, March 19, 4:00
p.m. – Clear Creek Interpretive
Center, Bucklin Hill Road and Levin Road, Silverdale, WA
Thursday, April 21, 7:00
p.m. – Mid-Columbia Library,
1620 S. Union, Kennewick, WA.
For more information on “American Quilts/American Voices” and
Humanities Washington click
Inquiring Mind is a program of Humanities Washington. It is “a
speakers bureau of living history presentations and lectures by
contemporary scholars and thinkers.”
Since 1973 Humanities Washington has offered communities across
the state a wide range of speaker presentations, public discussions,
exhibits, and interactive educational opportunities. Currently
there are over 30 speakers available to communities through the
Inquiring Mind Speakers Bureau.
For more information, please visit www.humanities.org.
One Hundred American Poets Against The War
A publication and exhibition organized by the Chicago Athenaeum:
Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press.
The publication/exhibition is edited/curated by Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine,
Chicago Athenaeum’s director/president.
Exhibition dates are May 1-30, 2005. A reception and open house
will be held Saturday, May 6, 2005.
For more information on the publication, exhibit, or the Chicago
Athenaeum, visit www.chi-athenaeum.org/
Corner Gallery Show
Rik will have a solo show in November at the Corner Gallery, North
Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, ID. Details will be posted
in early autumn. In the meantime, please e-mail Rik at Rikn@ArtsEnrich.com
if you have questions.
American Quilts/American Voices
For generations, Americans have used quilts to respond to national
and world events, to record local and personal history, and to
express their creative impulses. From colonial to contemporary
times, quilts have given “voice” to individual Americans.
Via PowerPoint, Rik shows dozens of examples and discusses what
those voices communicate, what they tell us about ourselves and
our culture. From the look and feel of the overall quilt design,
to the individual quilt blocks selected, even to the very fabrics
employed – voices pour forth which address a variety of subject
matter. As we view the quilts, and listen to them, a dialogue is
As part of the presentation, Rik shows examples of his own “quilts” (made
from post-consumer recyclables) and reflects on the dialogue they
have with their traditional counterparts. Audience members, too
are invited to discuss their own families’ quilts and the
voices they hear in them. An American quilt is not only the handiwork,
but the voice of its creator. The quilt transmits its creator’s
history, values and personality, as much as any photograph, diary
or book. This presentation encourages audience members to more
intimately consider this perspective.
To see a selection of Rik’s quilts, go to Rik's