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Elvis Quilts Were In The House

Did you catch Elvis at Road 2019?

Elvis quilts

A Special Exhibit, Inspired by Elvis, featured scenes from the life of Elvis Presley. The Elvis quilts were made by numerous quilt artists from around the world who all memorialized Elvis in fiber.

Elvis quilts

Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto curated the Elvis quilts exhibit. Her previous challenges included Inspired by Endangered Species; Inspired by the National Capitol Region, Inspired by the National Parks and Inspired by the Beatleswhich had previously been shown at Road to California 2016.

Donna shared on her website how she got the idea for this Elvis quilts project: “Truth be told, Elvis was my first crush. I was eight years old and living in Fort Richardson, Alaska. Three of us were named Donna in my second grade class, it was the year of the Great Alaskan Earthquake, the Beatles had performed for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show, and for my birthday that year, I had my first slumber party. We went to see the opening of Viva Las Vegas at the movie theater on Post, and that was the moment when six best friends and I decided we would all marry Elvis. We contemplated the moves of Ann-Margret but decided our bodies would never be able to move those ways. Nevertheless, we made big plans amid giggles and whispers. Fast forward several decades later… The project called “Inspired by the Beatles” was wrapping up, and fiber artists who had made Beatles quilts wanted to know what was next. My son Andy was visiting Graceland and called me, from the line to go into the mansion. ‘Mom! You should see all of the people here! Your next project… you’ve got to do Elvis!’  And so, the next challenge was born.”

There were 95 art Elvis quilts in the exhibit, all created using a wide variety of materials, techniques, expertise and interpretations. Each quilt measured 36″ x 36″ and portrayed an aspect of Elvis’s life, or a particular song or movie.

 Elvis quilts

Guests at Road had a fun time guessing the names of the Elvis movies and songs depicted in the Elvis quilts.

Elvis quilts

Road looks forward to presenting more unique and unusual Special Exhibits at our 25th Anniversary Show, January 23-26, 2020.

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