Ann Brauer grew up on a farm in Illinois where she developed a firm sense of the importance of place and being. Her grandmother made wonderful traditional quilts to create beauty. The last quilt she made was a postage stamp quilt for her granddaughter Ann who slept under this quilt for years marveling at the detail and care. Although she loved to sew, Ann never felt she could make a quilt. Instead she used her desire to find order from the mixture of life and became an attorney.
Eventually Brauer rediscovered her love of fabric and began to make quilts. She moved from Boston to western Massachusetts and began supporting herself as a full time quiltmaker.
The training and discipline she developed as a lawyer is now used to push her quilt designs to convey feelings of time and place. Each quilt is a new adventure that starts with a name and concept. It can take years to go from the concept to figuring out how to achieve the overall effect she is seeking while retaining the same care and attention to detail that she learned from her grandmother.
Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the American Museum of Art + Design, the Lodge at Turning Stone and the Federal District Courthouse in Springfield, MA. In 2006 she received an Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council at the Baltimore Craft Show. She has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artist Foundation.
You will find wall quilts, eyeglass cases, potholders, table runners and pillows at Salmon Falls Gallery. Visit Ann's website.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots
Shelburne Falls galleries and businesses celebrate a different theme or simply focus on what's new in their venue the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please come and enjoy all our small town has to offer.
BIG WHEEL PRESS: Monoprints by Lisa Hersey & Broadsides by Chris Campbell is the featured exhibit for the next Second Saturday, November 11. Join us for this reception 4-6pm with music by Blue Moon Trio. Also featured is a fundraiser for The Arms Library right here in Shelburne Falls. Check out ShelburneFalls.com to be updated on all the doings in town!