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.