By TRAVIS MORSE email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON – Local quilter Doris Troutt said it’s the diversity of talent on display that makes the Gathering of Quilts such a unique art exhibition.
“I love the diversity, (to) see the different techniques the members use,” said Troutt, vice president of the Cedarhurst Quilters. “We all have our unique talents. It’s a very diverse group.”
The 24th Annual Gathering of Quilts will run from Aug. 4 through Oct. 13 at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. A preview reception for Cedarhurst members will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Preview admission for non-members is $5 per person. Admission is free once the exhibit showing begins Aug. 4.
The exhibit will feature quilts of a variety of styles, including contemporary and traditional designs. Some of the quilts were done using the “hand quilt” method while other artists used the “machine quilt” technique. The quilts were made by members of the Cedarhurst Quilters, a local group of quilting enthusiasts.
Troutt said she has three quilts in the exhibit. She chose them out of the 27 quilts she made this year.
“I am very happy with them,” Troutt said. “I picked out three for the gallery that represent me.”
Quilts from the exhibit will be displayed in the Regenhardt Gallery at the Shrode Art Center and at the Beal Grand Corridor Gallery inside the Mitchell Museum.
Roughly 20 to 25 adult-sized quilts will be featured in the exhibition. There will also be a children’s quilt exhibit in the Beck Family Center Gallery at Cedarhurst called “Snuggle and Snooze: Quilts for Children.”
“This is definitely a very community-minded exhibition,” said Carrie Gibbs, director of the Shrode Art Center. “The Cedarhurst Quilters have a lot of fellowship and friendship.”
An additional 40 quilts not used in the Gathering of Quilts will be showcased at a special bed turning program at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall.
These quilts will be laid out on a brass bed in layers. Then, members of the Cedarhurst Quilters will pull back each quilt one at a time and tell a story about how the quilt was made or what the quilt means to them.
Gibbs said quilting exhibits are very popular, attracting local enthusiasts and those from outside the area. Quilters themselves enjoy seeing the quilts for inspiration, while non-quilters just admire the art form, Gibbs said.
Many people associate quilting with their mothers or grandmothers, which can lend an emotional resonance to the exhibits, Gibbs said.
“Quilting has a very nostalgic, emotional quality to it, compared to other art forms,” Gibbs said. “It’s something that touches them personally. Each person has their own set of memories.”
Troutt, who also teaches a quilting class at Cedarhurst, said she has been pleased to see how many young people are drawn to quilting.
“I think people are going back to their heritage, things their grandparents did,” Troutt said.
Viewing hours for the quilting exhibits are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 242-1236 or visit www.cedarhurst.org.