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Southern Quilting Project

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

Quilt designs on the 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 throughout Gadsden and Leon counties. Designed and created by various local businesses, museums, and individuals, each mural will be its own unique installation.Gadsden Arts extends a heartfelt thank you to all of our Big Bend Quilt Trail partners for their enthusiastic collaboration that made the project possible! View the quilt trail here!

On Saturday September 21, Havana Main Street is will open their annual quilt exhibition and sale tin the shops in downtown Havana, and on Friday September 27, the Museum of Florida History will open is Annual Capital City Quilt Show in downtown Tallahassee. 

How to Get Involved in the quilt trail

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

Presented by

Tallahassee Community College   IMLS   Visit Florida   Florida Humanities Council

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.

Contributing Sponsors

The Black Fig
Moritz and Penny Dehler

Mural Sponsors

Bell & Bates Home Center

Related Events

 
Saturday October 5
Free Admission Day & Story Time in the ArtZone, 11am

Visitors enjoy free admission to the Museum galleries all day, and the ArtZone will feature Story Time at 11am.

Saturday October 19
Community Quilt Making Workshop with Wendy Adams
in the ArtZone, 10am-5pm

You are invited to be a part of a community art project to show our appreciation to a local veteran. Come create a quilt block for a “Quilt of Valor” in your own unique pattern. Together, all the designs will be stitched into a quilt, which will be donated to a local veteran.
 This is a free program for all ages. Recommended for ages 5+.

Saturday November 9, 11am and 2pm
Special Presentation & Drop In Tour

At 11am, Valerie Goodwin will give a presentation: Cutting-Edge Explorations in Quilting. The laser cutter can provide precision cutting that leads to beautiful detail. This session focuses on how it has impacted the cartographic art quilts of Valerie Goodwin. You are invited to learn how this technology works and the journey she has taken exploring its possibilities. Valerie S. Goodwin received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Currently she teaches architectural design at Florida A & M University. Most of her work is inspired by a love of maps, aerial views of landscapes and the network of cities. Her award winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She has lectured and given workshops nationally and internationally. At 2pm, join a Gadsden Arts docent in the galleries for a tour of the exhibition and in depth discussion of the personal stories behind the quilts on display.

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