Ann Baldwin May


Ann Baldwin May,Quilt Artist  Artist’s Statement

     Fabric has been a major part of my life for a long time. The path from making and designing clothes, to the fabrication of quilts and on to art quilts seems the most natural progression for me. Art quilts free me to choose a wide array of colors, textiles and fabrics. I like the mixture of fabric and texture to draw the eye in several directions. Whimsical additions are always a possibility.Many of the materials are redirected from the San Francisco Design Center.

      Color and texture is where my projects start. My motivation comes from how the materials play together.The technique of layering of fabrics allows me to create a greater sense of depth and dimension. I choose to create an impressionistic view rather than a realistic one. I enjoy the serendipitous use of found objects, often giving them a new and unintended use.

    My encore career as an art quilter began June,2012 after 38 years in the public school system as a bilingual teacher and Bilingual Resource Specialist in Watsonville. I began sewing in junior high, and took two years of sewing as an elective in high school in Palo Alto. I received all of my education at UC,Irvine; BA,History, Elementary Teaching Credential and MAT, Spanish. My participation in Los Méxicas, the UCSC Ballet Folklórico Group deepened my understanding and appreciation for Mexican culture.


Third place award- Vessels Neo Membreño 2013 Show, Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City, New Mexico

Merit Award- Great Blue Heron at Dusk, Olive Hyde Art Guild, Fremont,California.2011    studio for Ann Baldwin May Art Quilts, Santa Cruz Art Center, 1001 Center St. #4 Downtown Santa Cruz   831-345-1466

Sales Venues-

Ann Baldwin May Art Quilts Studio Santa Cruz Art Center 1001 Center St. #4 Downtown Santa Cruz,Local Color Big Sur


SAQA-Studio Art Quilt Associates-International Art Quilters Organization,

New Fiber Group, Santa Cruz County,San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Pajaro Valley Quilt Association- former president and secretary, member since 2003.

Selected Solo Shows

Radius Gallery, Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St. Santa Cruz,CA 95060 June 2-5, 2016 curator-Ann Hazels

SOFT Robert Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA January 2-25,2014

Open Studios Santa Cruz County, 2016,2017

Selected Juried  ShowsReprise of Abrazos Del Alma-Hugs From the Heart,a Special Exhibition of Mexican inspired quilts at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center Oct.-Dec. 2017 originally shown  at the Pacific International Quilt Festival , Santa Clara Convention Center, October 15-18,2015

Arrangements in Black & White, a national Juried show at the Santa Cruz Art League. 526 Broadway St. Santa Cruz,CA. juror-Margaret Rinkovsky, painter and lecturer in art August 13 to September 11, 2016

 A Touch of the Blues,ARC Gallery,February , 2016 2156 North Damen Av. CHICAGO, Illinois, 60647

Beasts on Broadway, Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway St. Santa Cruz,CA 95060 October 24-November 15, 2015 Beasts on Broadway is a National Exhibit. Juried by Melissa R. Pickford, Art Gallery Director, Monterey Peninsula College.

2015 10th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, 625 S St. ,Sacramento, CA 95811 July 31- August 23, 2015 curator-Max Presneill (53/1350)

Greater Bay Area Open,Los Gatos Art Association 2015 Juried Competition, New Museum of Los Gatos, 106 E. Main St. Los Gatos, CA August 1-30,2015 juror- Peggi Kroll-Roberts

47th Annual Textile Show, Olive Hyde Gallery 123 Washington St. Fremont, CA June 19-July 18, 2015

Fur,Feathers,Fins Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St. Palo Alto,CA 94301 March 6-26,2015 

Coastal Spirits ,Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway St. Santa Cruz,CA 95060 March 6-22,2015

Fiber inForms, Michaelangelo Gallery,1111-A River St. Santa Cruz, August 1-24.2014.

“MAYHEM” Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St. San Francisco,CA May 4-25,2013 online

Put Your Best Food Forward Foot Square Works for the NorCA/NV Region of SAQA,  Creative Framing and Gallery, Oakland, CA April 1-May 31,2013

Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, 2009-2015

Vessels Neo Membreño 2013 Show, Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City, New Mexico  Third Place Winner!

Put Your Best Food Forward Foot Square Works for the NorCA/NV Region of SAQA,  Creative Framing and Gallery, Oakland, CA April 1-May 31,2013



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