From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today
September 14–December 14, 2019
Sara May Love Gallery
From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today is an exploration of the rich tradition of quilting in our local Big Bend community, spanning several generations and cultures to celebrate the beloved art of quiltmaking. For two years, a committee of local quilters and quilt collectors and the Gadsden Arts curator researched and identified historic to contemporary quilts in private and public collections across several counties in North Florida. Several of the quilts have been completed by multiple family members over a period of decades as patterns were passed down to younger generations. This exhibition discusses the story of an art form that was utilitarian, uniquely cultural, and inherently social, that bridges gaps between generations and finds commonalities between cultures.
Big Bend Quilt Trail
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is excited to coordinate the Big Bend Quilt Trail Project: a public art installation of large wooden quilt blocks placed around the community. In conjunction with the promotion of the Gadsden Community Quilt Trail, the Museum will host From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today, an exhibition of quilts borrowed from private and public collections in the North Florida area. Curated from multiple generations, the exhibition will be on display at the Museum September 14–December 14. 2019. It will include antique to modern quilts, and will discuss the practical function of quilting, the social value, the preservation family history through fabrics, and the art of traditional symbols and designs. Havana Main Street is also developing an annual quilt exhibition and sale that will be opening in September.
How to Get Involved
Register with Gadsden Arts by contacting Curator Angie Barry, 850-627-5021. Send a picture and complete this form to have your quilt included in the Big Bend Quilt Trail that will be promoted along with the From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today exhibition at Gadsden Arts. Interested in sponsoring the exhibition or a quilt block? Contact Grace Robinson at 850-627-5020 and check out the sponsor opportunties here.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program and exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Service.
The Black Fig
Moritz and Penny Dehler