Collaborative Work at a Port Townsend Gallery

“Flora Fauna Fiber” is a collaborative installation piece created by Tangled Fibers, an art group comprised of Barbara, Jean-marie Tarascio, Pat Herkal, and Cathie Wier. This group work is currently being exhibited in Port Townsend at the downtown gallery space of the Port Townsend School of the Arts. Individual pieces within the installation range from intricately sewn and beaded forest creatures (Pat) to whimsical hanging paper and wire flowers (Jean-marie) to weavings of 2-D and 3-D trees (Cathie) to quilted trunks and wall hangings (Barbara). Plus more!

PTSA Art Experience (PTSA’s Downtown Gallery)

236 Taylor St (across from Rose Theater)

October 4th-28th

Art Walk Opening October 6th, 5-7pm


Surface Design Association Exhibition in Port Angeles

FIBE(R)EVOLUTION was a "colorful, textural exhibit of contemporary Fiber Art" at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center through November 15, 2017. The work of twenty-six Washington state fiber artists were featured, including two quilts by Barbara, as well as a small grouping of her paper mobiles at the entrance.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA. (360)457-3532

Shaping the Light, 2017

Shaping the Light, 2017

Converging Currents, 2017

Converging Currents, 2017

Counter Couture

“Counter Couture” was an exhibition of clothes and wearable art celebrating the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition, originally shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum outside Seattle, moved to New York City. A patchwork outfit that Barbara slowly put together over several years in the early 70s, was shown, along with such items as Wavy Gravy’s jumpsuit, a Jimi Hendrix shirt, and astonishing items of crochet, beadwork, embroidery, and more.

Counter Couture: Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY

March 2–August 20, 2017


Fiber Fusion Exhibition

Collapsing Log Cabins, commercial cotton fabrics, 40" x 44".

“Fiber Fusion” was a juried exhibition of Washington state surface design artists. One of Barbara’s quilts, “Collapsing Log Cabins,” was in the exhibit, which was shown at four locations in the state in 2016–17:

Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend

VALA Art Center, Redmond, WA

Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

Allied Arts Gallery, Richland, WA


One-Woman Quilt Show

Interstellar Drift, assorted fibers including silks and cottons, 41" x 42".

A selection of Barbara’s latest work was shown in Berkeley in September through November 2016 at HAIR, a salon near the top of Solano Avenue. Most of the quilts contained fabrics that she dyed, bleached, and/or otherwise manipulated to produce unusual patterns or visual textures. The exhibit was called “New Territory” because so many of the designs were inspired by her new home in Washington state.

Special thanks, as always, to Irene Sullenberger for making the show possible.

Barbara's Quilt Featured in Major Northern California Quilt Exhibition

Northern California's premier quilt show, Voices in Cloth, was held at the Craneway Pavilion on San Francisco Bay in Richmond, March 19 and 20, 2016. 

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Barbara's quilt, String Theory, was selected as one of only two featured raffle quilts at this year's exhibition. The show included 200 other beautiful quilts made by members of the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild, wearable art, and free quilting demonstrations. Click here see other quilts in the show, including a number by Barbara's former students.