The Living Quilt Installation on View at Newhall Crossings

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Longtime faculty in the School of Film/Video John Hawk and students from his Videographics class present a new take on the old-fashioned quilting bee in downtown Newhall this weekend.

A social event that allowed women to gather together while expressing their artistry, quilting bees reached the heights of popularity in the mid-19th century. Because of the communal nature of the bee, a quilt could be finished in a night—much faster than an individual working alone. Hawk (Film/Video MFA 91), an artist and filmmaker, and his students have recreated the activity through the video installation The Living Quilt.

The work combines colorful, abstract moving imagery created by the class and Hawk. The patchwork video will then be projected onto one of the walls at the Newhall Crossings Plaza. Commissioned by the city of Santa Clarita’s Arts Council, The Living Quilt can be viewed in the courtyard in front of Maggin’s Pub and the Laemmle Theatre Newhall from 7 to 10:30 pm on Jan. 27-29.

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PUBLISHED BY Christine N. Ziemba

Christine is the director of Content at CalArts, responsible for the Institute's editorial in both print and online platforms. In addition, she oversees CalArts' social media accounts. In her spare time, she writes about the Santa Clarita food scene at

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