The entry to the Owatonna Arts Center, inside the former Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children, later renamed the Owatonna State School. The City of Owatonna now owns the site, today called West Hills with the OAC located at 435 Garden View Lane.
HE EXPRESSED IT so well, the quilter’s husband waiting outside the Owatonna Arts Center Sunday afternoon for invited guests to arrive from Rochester.
A quilted work of art bursts with color.
Quilting, he surmised, has evolved from a homemaker’s craft to a recognized form of art.
The quilter’s husband and the quilter view the extensive collection of quilts.
He’s so right.
If you appreciate art and quilts, you will want to see “Quilts in Bloom”
“Quilts in Bloom,” featuring around 80 quilts stitched by members of the local Piecemakers Quilt Guild, blossoms in the nooks and crannies of gallery space in an exhibit that runs from now until April 27.
Baskets of blossoms and more.
This show simply blooms with creativity:
A close-up of the traditional Dresden Plate pattern in the foreground with a second quilt in the background.
A contrast of modern geometrical to the traditional Sunbonnet Girls.
This block from the 1930s Sunbonnet Sue pattern features quilting and embroidery.
I really like this pairing of wood sculpture with quilt art. The earthy tones in each complement one another.
For $1, you can buy a chance to win “Stars in My Garden.”
A block in a teapot themed quilt.
During the opening reception, musicians performed in the venue space, where several quilts are displayed.
A Faribault quilter and his wife tour the exhibit on opening day.
Floral design at its quilting best.
Quilt art lines a hallway.
From the playful to geometric, abstract, traditional, whimsical and more, you’ll discover an array of eye-pleasing colors and patterns here.
Artist Lois Doyle created “Mountain Laurel,” a quilt she started 25 years ago. She has several quilts in the show. Laurie Spindler machine quilted this quilt. Even with arthritic hands, Lois still quilts. Remarkable.
The talent of these quilters impresses me. Truly, they deserve the title of artists.
This sign posted at the quilt show says it all.
FYI: This marks the 10th annual Piecemakers Quilt Guild show, which is held every three years. You can tour “Quilts in Bloom” during gallery hours, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. A $3 donation is suggested. Click here for more information.
While at the show, stop to appreciate this beautiful space connecting the Owatonna Arts Center to the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum. I’d suggest allowing time to tour the museum and nearby cottage. Check hours before coming as they may differ from gallery hours.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling