Joe Cunningham at Discarded to Divine 2011

Visitors to the Artist Studio (Kimball Education Gallery) may remember the charming textiles artist Joe Cunningham and “Joe’s Quilt Shop.” Joe has long been a favorite of the Bay Area quilting world, and in March 2010, he took up residency in the Artist Studio, taught visitors how to quilt, regaled us with clever ballads, reversed the stereotype that men don’t quilt, and impressed us with his works, including Bend in the River, which was acquired by the de Young.  Now, he returns to the Museum as part of the annual textiles event Discarded to Divine.

quilt by Joe Cunningham

Discarded to Divine showcases the talents of professional and aspiring designers who transform discarded, donated clothing into one-of-a-kind couture creations and exquisite home décor. These creations are auctioned off to benefit St. Vincent de Paul as part of their great endeavor to assist people overcoming poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. For more information visit their website.

You can view Joe Cunningham’s quilt and a sampling of 136 of the hundreds of unique couture items contributed by designers at the de Young on Friday, April 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can also attend the reception and put in a bid at the live auction on Thursday, April 28, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. For more information visit their website

Bend in the River by Joe Cunningham