A Quilter's Commandments
Exhibition runs Monday, January 8- Friday, February 16, 2018
works by Carol J. Thompson Falk
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
—Thou shalt not stifle they self-expression by trying to please others – not judges nor family nor contest rules nor the quilting industry’s experts.
—Be still and know that thy final product need not match thine original intentions. Thy creative spirit moveth in mysterious ways thine artistic problems to solve.
These creative seeds of wisdom are but two of Carol J. Thompson Falk’s original Quilter’s Commandments. The KHN gallery is thrilled to exhibit 7 of Falk’s exquisitely crafted, award-winning quilts, now through February 16, 2018.
Carol J. Thompson Falk, PhD retired from Concordia College after a long, successful career as a professor, and soon moved to Nebraska City in 1994 with her husband, Laurence L. Falk, PhD. Carol intended to take up quilting during her retirement, and that, she did indeed do.
Over the next 15 years, Carol created over 50 quilts that she displayed in shows at local, state, and national levels. In fact, the very first quilt she completed won "best in show" at the Lincoln State Fair, which came as a happy surprise for Carol. Most of her completed quilts won various awards over the years, and after her passing in 2009, two of her quilts were accepted into the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE. She was also posthumously inducted into the Nebraska State Quilt Guild Hall of Fame in 2017. Carol believed in treating each quilt as a work of art, and felt there was room in quilting for many different talents and levels of ability, from simplest to most complex.
Carol J. Thompson Falk (1929 – 2009) was born in Boone County Iowa, where she lived as a child, until her family relocated to Loman, Minnesota. In 1951, she married Laurence Falk in Wichita Falls, Texas while Laurence was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Carol worked in various accounting departments while Laurence was earning his various degrees. After Laurence’s Seminary graduation, the couple moved to Milford, Nebraska where Laurence was assigned as pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Carol worked as a secretary for the University of Nebraska’s English Department while Laurence completed his Ph.D. The Falks then moved to Moorhead Minnesota, where Laurence accepted a position in the Sociology/Social Work Department. There, Carol completed her Bachelor’s degree followed by an M.A. degree in English at North Dakota State University. Carol then joined Laurence as a faculty member of Concordia College in the English Department, where she worked until retirement in 1994. During her tenure at Concordia College, Carol was the first to receive a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Dakota and was integral in stewarding Concordia’s English Department into the computer age.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and for special events. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public of all ages. KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc
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