Quilts- A Labor of LoveFebruary 11- July 31
The quilts shown in this exhibit mainly reflect the preferences of Americans during the Victorian Period. Included in the exhibit are "crazy quilts", log cabin and other patterned quilts, along with an exceptional cigar ribbon quilt.
In the crazy quilts, silks and velvets in rich dark colors predominate; often the silk came from ties and cravats sewn in unorganized patterns using irregular pieces. These quilts are also richly embroidered and reflect the personal interests, individuality and creativity of the quilter.
Another group of quilts is done in the log-cabin pattern. Tiny rectangular strips are sewn together like logs in building a house. There is a definite order. Color is used to create distinctive patterns- dark and light pieces are placed in different arrangements to create diaganol, diamond, stripes, and other designs. Many log cabins of this period contained political messages and were even used to identify underground railroad locations.
The cigar ribbon quilt featured would date from about 1875 to the early 1900's. Following the Cuban custom, American cigarmakers sold bundles of cigars tied with colored silk marked with a brand name or logo. Thrifty women collected these ribbons for their needlework projects producing elegant works of art.
Bob GregsonApril 27 - November 7
Archi/Abstracts is a new exhibit at the Gores Pavilion opening on April 27th featuring the work of artist Bob Gregson. The Pavilion is open from Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Colonial Summer CampJune 23-27 August 4-8 & August 11-15
History comes alive at Colonial Summer Camp! Monday-Friday, 9:15-noon. Different activities each week. Explore the museums, play traditional games, make colonial and Native American crafts, bake & cook old-fashioned treats, try stenciling, printing & woodworking among many fun activities. Members per week $200, Non members $225. Please call/email for more information and to register.