Steamboat Springs quilter David Taylor will be the featured artist at the Steamboat Art Museum’s new exhibit, which opens today and runs through Oct. 17.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs quilter David Taylor will be the featured artist at the Steamboat Art Museum’s new exhibit, which opens today and runs through Oct. 17.

Exhibit to showcase Steamboat quilter David Taylor

Taylor’s detailed stitching on display at Steamboat Art Museum

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Jim Vail hangs one of David Taylor's quilts at the Steamboat Art Museum on Wednesday afternoon. The new exhibit will open today and runs through Oct. 17.

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Steamboat Springs quilter David Taylor describes how he creates one of his quilts. He will be the featured artist at Steamboat Art Museum's new exhibit, which opens today and runs through Oct. 17.

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The David Taylor quilt, Sally at the Window, earned him an award at an international quilt festival in 2006.

If you go

What: Free opening reception for Steamboat Art Museum exhibit featuring the work of internationally renowned quilt artist David Taylor

When: 5 to 8 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Art Museum, 801 Lincoln Ave.

Contact: Call the museum at 970-870-1755, e-mail sam@steamboatartm..., or visit http://steamboatartmuseum.com

Learn more

Taylor will host an artist’s talk about his work and career as a quilt artist at 10 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Art Museum. Visit Taylor’s website at www.davidtaylorquilts.com.

To see the exhibit, visit the museum between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum will be open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Memorial Day, but otherwise will be closed on Sundays and Mondays during the summer.

— A new exhibit at Steamboat Art Museum will put the colorful work of internationally renowned quilter David Taylor under one roof for the first time.

“I’m so thankful for this opportunity,” Taylor said about the exhibit, which opens at 5 p.m. today at the downtown museum where it will be displayed until Oct. 17. “None of my barn animals have been together.”

Taylor said museum president and curator Shirley Stocks approached him about three years ago with the idea of displaying his quilts at Steamboat Art Museum. Taylor’s all-cotton art has won several awards — including two best of shows — at international quilt festivals in recent years.

The 47-year-old Steamboat Springs resident puts extensive, painstaking work into hand-stitching and selecting fabric for his quilts, which often are inspired by photographs. He said an image captured by local photographer Jackie Owen inspired his quilt featuring a rooster. That quilt won best in show at the 2008 International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Taylor also won a best in show at the 2007 version of that festival, for a quilt featuring a hummingbird.

He said the constant travel involved in his career as a quilt artist necessitated extensive preparation for this summer’s show.

“I’ve been planning for three years what to bring back. All my work is always out, somewhere,” Taylor said. “My rooster, he lives in France. I just had an exhibit there.”

A quilt is defined as three layers stitched together, Taylor said. The exhibition will display 20 of the pieces Taylor has created in his 10 years as a serious quilt artist.

Rod Hanna, the museum’s vice president and public relations director, noted that the intent of the show is not to sell the art, but rather to give the artist a venue to showcase his cumulative work.

Taylor and Hanna were at the museum Wednesday morning as quilts were hung for the exhibit. Also on hand was Lilo Bowman, of www.thequiltshow.com, a site about all things quilt-related. A show about Taylor aired on the site in spring 2009, Bowman said. She plans to create an article and slide show about this summer’s show and its Steamboat location. Bowman said the site has more than 50,000 members across 97 countries.

Visitors to the exhibit should be sure to lean forward and look closely at Taylor’s quilts. The intricacies of the stitching and multicolored threads indicate hours upon hours of careful attention to detail.

Taylor said he uses a broad array of thread colors in an effort to reflect reality. The exhibition includes a quilt that uses tan, blue and purple thread in a portrayal of snow, for example.

“Snow is not just white,” Taylor said. “The world is made up of lots of colors.”

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