Donna Radner's Sewing Room Color Palette

Donna Radner's Studio - a color palette in fabric

Donna Radner's Sewing Room

Color, pattern, and texture in fabric are my starting point in designing quilts. I explore visual texture in fabric and in nature, working intuitively, without preplanning, letting the quilts take on a life of their own.

My techniques have developed over time as I pursued my own vision in fabric. At first, I worked primarily by piecing, using many different hand-dyed and commercial fabrics. As my work evolved, I added fused applique and heavy machine quilting for even more texture and complexity.

Captivated by the striations found in in nature, my recent work is a series of fused landscapes inspired by the ocean, the rocks and canyons in the western National Parks and the rocky coast of Maine. My latest series reflects the strength and beauty of tree trunks as they survive over time.

If viewing my work inspires you to feel what I feel when I look at nature, I will have achieved my goal as an artist.

Selected Exhibitions

2017 CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL EXHIBITION - Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland - April 8-May 21, 2017
  RECENT WORK BY DONNA RADNER - G St. Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland - February 1-April 15, 2017
  SMITH COLLEGE 50TH REUNION ART EXHIBITION - Alumnae House, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts - April 26-August 4, 2017
2016 TWO BY TWENTY - Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibit
  CONTEMPORARY ART QUILTS - Arts Barn, Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  CHALLENGE QUILTS for Quilting Green, Black Market Bistro, Kensington, Maryland
2015 STRIATIONS - Black Rock Center for the Arts, Kay Gallery, Germantown, Maryland - March 5-28, 2015: solo show of my latest work
  TWO BY TWENTY - Studio Art Quilt Associates exhibit traveling to European and other venues till 2017
  CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL EXHIBITION - Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland
  SACRED THREADS EXHIBIT 2015 - Herndon, Virginia
  QUARTET - Glenview Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland, September 2015
  ART EXHIBIT - Gallery for Good, Washington, District of Columbia
2014 QUILTS=ART=QUILTS - Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
2013 COMMON THREADS - DIFFERENT VIEWS - Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Maryland
  SACRED THREADS EXHIBIT 2013, Herndon, Virginia
  CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL EXHIBIT - Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland
2012 ART QUILTS - Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Lobby Building 3, Rockville, Maryland
  OUR OWN VOICES - Glenview Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
  GEOMETRY TRANSFORMED - Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring, Maryland
  TRIBUTE TO FIBER ART - Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
  CG ART QUILTERS - Pinnacle Gallery, McLean, Virginia
2011 HAPPINESS - Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  TRIBUTE TO FIBER ART, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
  CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL EXHIBIT - Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2010 THREADS OF CHANGE - Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Maryland
  TRIBUTE TO FIBER ART - Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
2009 FIBER V - Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio
  TRIBUTE TO FIBER ART - Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
  Lecture and Trunk Show - Textile Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
  Washington National Cathedral, District of Columbia: Featured Artist at Sacred Circles
  CREATIVE CRAFT COUNCIL EXHBIT - Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2008 Lecture and Trunk Show - Textile Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2007 CREATIVE CRAFT COUNCIL EXHIBIT - Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2006 Lecture and Trunk Show - Textile Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
  FIBER'S FINEST - William Gilchrist Museum, Cumberland, Maryland
  COLOR FLOW - G Street Fabrics Exhibit, Rockville, Maryland
2005 CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL SHOW - Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2004 A MATTER OF SCALE - Tuesday Quilters Show, Rockville, Arts Place
  WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING - Bread and Roses Cultural Project Show, New York, New York
2003 TRIBUTE TO FIBER ARTISTS - Artists’ Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
  CIRCLE OF LIFE - Creative Crafts Council Show, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, Maryland
  OFF THE BED AND ON TO THE WALL - Old World Print Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  TUESDAY QUILTERS EXHIBIT - Potter's House, Washington, District of Columbia
2002 ART QUILTS BY FOUR FIBER ARTISTS - Glenview Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2001 2001 ALL MEDIED JURIED EXHIBITION - Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
2000 THE HISTORICAL PRECEDENT FOR THE ART QUILT - DAR Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
  MINDING YOUR P'S AND Q'S - Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg Virginia
  PAINTING WITH FABRIC - Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center, Fairfax, Virginia
1999 NEW DIRECTIONS IN FIBER - Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Civic Center Park, Rockville, Maryland
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  RECENT WORK BY DONNA RADNER - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
1998 CONTEMPORARY QUILTS - Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, District of Columbia
1997 IMPROVISATION WITHIN A STRUCTURE: NEW WORK BY DONNA RADNER - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
  BARGELLO AMD BEYOND: QUILTS BY DONNA RADNER - G Street Fabrics, Centerville, Virginia
  CONTEMPORARY QUILTS BY DONNA RADNER - Bamboozled, Bethesda, Maryland
  NEW WORKS: CONTEMPORARY QUILTS - Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  AIQA SHOW and TACTILE ARCHITECTURE - Houston, Texas
1996 TACTILE ARCHITECTURE - Montpelier, Virginia / Lyon, France / Houston, Texas
  AMERICAN QUILTER'S SOCIETY SHOW, Paducah, Kentucky
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  IMPRESSIONS OF NATURE: Contemporary Quilts by Donna Radner and Verena Levine - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
1995 NATURAL IMPRESSIONS II - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  MID-ATLANTIC QUILT FESTIVAL - Williamsburg, Virginia
  QUILTS=ART=QUILTS - Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
  COMMUNITY - The Sumner School, Washington, District of Columbia
  TUESDAY QUILTER"S SHOW - Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, Maryland
1994 TACTILE ARCHITECTURE - Decatur House, Washington, District of Columbia
  THE CRAFTS COLLECTION 1994 - Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, Maryland
  CHANGES - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
  AMERICAN QUILTER'S SOCIETY SHOW - Paducah, Kentucky
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  TUESDAY QUILTER"S SHOW - Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, Maryland
1992 LAFAYETTE SQUARE AND BEYOND - Gaithersburg City Gallery, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  The Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, District of Columbia
  AMERICAN QUILTER'S SOCIETY SHOW, Paducah, Kentucky
  QUILTER'S HERITAGE CELEBRATION, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  TACTILE ARCHITECTURE - Decatur House, Washington, District of Columbia
  CONTEMPORARY QUILTS BY VERENA LEVINE AND DONNA RADNER - Friendship Gallery, Chevy Chase, Maryland
1991 BARGELLO AND BEYOND - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
1990 PAINTING WITH FABRIC - G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Maryland
1988-91 HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW, The Art Barn, Washington, District of Columbia
1987-90 ART IN EMABASSIES PROGRAM, United States Department of State
1986 PATTERNED IMAGES - Community Quilts, Bethesda, Maryland
1985 THE QUILTMAKER AS ARTIST - Community Quilts, Bethesda, Maryland

Awards

2003 BEST IN SHOW - Circle of Life Exhibit, Creative Crafts Council Show, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, Maryland, for “Underwater Life 2”
1994 JUDGES' AWARD for BEST USE OF COLOR - Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
1992 FIRST PLACE AWARD for "Fantasia", American Quilter's Society
  FIRST PLACE AWARD for "Watercolor Pools", Quilter's Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  INVITATIONAL SHOW "Nontraditional Views", Quilter's Heritage Celebration
1991 THIRD PLACE AWARD for "Impressions of a Summer Day", Quilter's Heritage Celebration, Lancaster Pennsylvania
1990 THIRD PLACE AWARD for "Breaking Tradition", Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn New York

Selected Publications

2017 Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine, September-October 2017, "Landscape Quilts: Stitching Rocks" by Kit Robinson
2016 Quilting Arts Magazine, August-September 2016
2015 "Two by Twenty" show catalog, Studio Art Quilt Associates.
  Sacred Threads Exhibition 2015, CQS Press, Rockville, Maryland
2013 Sacred Threads Exhibition 2013, CQS Press, Gaithersburg, Maryland
2004 Fiberarts Design Book 7, Lark Books
  We Make the Road by Walking, 2004 art calendar produced by the Bread and Roses Cultural Project, Social Justice Calendar, Service Employees International Union, New York, New York
2003 Colorful, Casual and Comfy Quilts, edited by Karen Bolesta, Rodale Books
1999 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, July-August issue
1998 Art Quilt Magazine, #9
1997 Optical Illusions for Quilters, Karen Combs, American Quilter's Society
  A Quilter's Gallery, Marie Salazar, Michael Friendman Pulishing Group
  Quilter's Gallery 1997, All American Crafts, Inc.
1996 Decorate with Quilts and Collections, Nancy Martin, That Patchwork Place.
  America's Best Quilting Projects, edited by Jane Townswick, Rodale Press.
1995 Lady's Circle Patchwork, August issue, "Watercolor Bargello Quilts" by Donna Radner
  The Art and Craft of Quilting, Daisy Grubbs, Watson-Guptill
  "A Watercolor Trip Around the World", Traditional Quiltworks, February issue.
1994 Award-Winning Quilts and their Makers, Vol. IV, American Quilter's Society
  Threads, January issue, "Beyond Bargello Quilts" by Donna Radner
1992 American Quilter, Fall issue
1991 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, June and July issues
  Lady's Circle Patchwork, July-August issue

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