W104 | Uncovering the Art of Quilts


3:30 – 5:00 pm


3/23, 3/30, 4/6 & 4/13

Four Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program

Join museum curators and expert quilters for a lively exploration of the history of quilts, curating museum exhibits, quilts as an art form, the creative process, quilting philosophy and techniques, and much more.

Session One, Mar 23: Jennifer Swope

Jennifer Swope is the David and Roberta Logie Associate Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A recipient of a Lois F. McNeil Fellowship, she attended the Winterthur Program in American Culture, receiving a Master’s Degree in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware. Co-author and curator of Quilts and Color, the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, a catalog and exhibition that opened at the MFA in 2014. She is co-author of the publication Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories and co-curator of the exhibition of the same title, recently on view at the MFA.

Session Two, Mar 30: Pamela Weeks

Quilts have been the focus for more than half of Pamela Weeks’s life, and she joyfully explores the many facets of this ancient and always exciting craft. She has researched extensively on antique “potholder” quilts, publishing her book Civil War Quilts with Don Beld in 2012.  As the Binney Family Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, she works with many different quilters, collectors, institutions, and co-conspirators to plan exhibits for the museum, and research the quilts in the museum's collection.

Session Three, Apr 6: Jeanne Marklin

After graduating from UCSD with a degree in Visual Communications, Jeanne Marklin worked as a freelance photojournalist in Washington, DC before completing her MSW.  Through workshops with master quilt artists, Marklin learned to dye fabric using the Shibori method, which sparked a passion to create original compositions that explore a “what-if” about color, shape and line.

Session Four, Apr 13: Mary Walter

Mary Walter is known for her original quilting style, often incorporating a mix of traditional, ethnic, and contemporary quilting techniques into her quilts.  Mary is also a freelance curator, presenting exhibits for a variety of cultural organizations nationwide. She is a member of the NACQJ, the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, since 2000.  You may also find Mary teaching in her studio or on zoom, exhibiting, lecturing, judging, designing patterns and fabric, and quilting, quilting, quilting.

Barbara Greenbaum, moderator, is a native of New Jersey who graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in English.  After many years, she received an MSW from the Wurtzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.  She was a practicing psychotherapist in Westfield, NJ for 20 years.  During this time, Barbara began hosting a TV program called “Change and Challenges” dealing with women’s issues, where favorite guests included Gloria Steinem, Senator Bill Bradley, and former Governor Christy Todd Whitman.  After moving to the Berkshires full time, she hosted a local TV program called “The Way We Are in the Berkshires” and continued her conversation-style show with many important cultural and political persons in the area.  This then morphed into “Conversations With…,” a popular course in the OLLI schedule for many years.

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