Meeting Archive 2018

January 16, 2018

Linda Gass: 
Art Quilts and the Art of Mapping

Linda uses historical and modern day maps to research how changes in the landscape affect water resources in California and the American West and makes map based art in a variety of materials and settings in response to her research. Linda’s presentation will take you on a photographic journey to the places that inspire her work and into her studio showing her artistic process and resulting artwork.

You can see more of Linda’s work at

Based in Los Altos, Linda creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for more than 19 years after a decade-long career in software. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including 500 Art Quilts, The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft. Linda's awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. She recently completed a Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Linda is a native Californian and when she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.
Cooley Landing: Life in Water
18” w x 18” h
Copyright ©2015 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle
Owens River Diversion
45” w x 30” h, 
Copyright ©2012 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle 
Severely Burned (Detail)
8” w x 8” h
Copyright ©2014 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle

February 20, 2018
Mike “Mac” McNamara: 
Meaning, Metaphor and Humor in Quilt-Making
A love of puzzles, ties to community, and a sense of humor shine through the many quilts—some past, some present—in this trunk show by longtime San Francisco quilter Mac McNamara. "My quilts come from admiration, fascination, love, and good ole glib rejoinders with people,” he says. "Some come from reimagining known images, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or Sunbonnet Sue. Some are puzzles, rebuses, or private jokes. My quilts are not too concerned with color, size, specific fabrics, accuracy, matching things, or measuring. Just fun, thought-provoking, love, and making something to bring comfort." You can find out more about Mac at