Quilt-style barn art
SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. -- Artwork on a Mason County barn has been chosen to represent West Virginia in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by needlework designer The Posy Collection.
The maple leaf design on Mollie Yauger's barn is also featured in the book "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.
Barn quilts from 12 states were selected for the redwork kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored fabric.
"Barn quilts are colorful patterns of quilt squares painted on panels and hung on barns and buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage," said Posy Lough, owner of the Posy Collection. "We took some of the more iconic ones and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy."
In addition to being a work of art, each barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. Yauger chose hers, for example, because it is located on her family's Maple Glen farm, at 20935 Kanawha Valley Road. She painted the barn quilt in 2004.
Groves conceived of the barn quilt concept. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail, and now thousands of barns across the United States feature quiltlike designs.
Exhibit entries sought
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Carnegie Hall invites artists 18 and older to submit their work to the 24h Annual Season of Colors Juried Art Exhibition for state and regional artists. The theme chosen for the show is "reflection."
Entries for the exhibit will be accepted through July 6, and notification of accepted works will take place the week of Aug. 5. Works selected will reflect the theme, and will be judged on the basis of originality, technical quality and thematic depth.
Cash awards totaling $750 will be given for best of show and first, second and third places. The awards reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. The exhibit will close Oct. 26. For more information or to obtain an entry form, phone 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.