Dairy Barn Arts Center Unveils Two New Spring Exhibitions

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The Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce our Spring exhibition: Modern Inspirations: Art Quilts from 1970s Through Today, presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates and Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. Both exhibitions are sponsored by and will be displayed together in the Sauber Gallery from April 28 through June 17, with an exhibition opening on April 27 from 5-8 p.m.

The art quilt movement started in the mid-’60s and has exploded over the past five decades. Today, thousands of artists and collectors around the world are passionate about this art form. Modern Inspirations – Art Quilts from ’70s Through Today presented by SAQA documents the rich history of the art quilt movement as it relates to the development of this new quilt aesthetic. This exhibition of 30 iconic historic and contemporary quilts by master artists from around the world is a feast for the eyes, filled with gorgeous art. This engaging chronological presentation demonstrates the development and continuing power of the art quilt movement.

“Self-Portrait, Year Two (Beneath the Surface)” by Penny Gold, one of the works included in the new exhibitions at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. (Submitted)

Modern quilts mean different things to different people. Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They break the rules. They make a statement. No matter the design aesthetic, modern quilts are creative expressions made with needle and thread, fabric, and time. Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century will allow viewers to experience the power of modern quilts firsthand with over 60 innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best modern quilts and quilters of the past decade. In this exhibit, you’ll see the work of modern quilters, past and present, and learn the story of modern quilting from its earliest roots and influences to today.

“Together, these exhibitions will be impactful and rich with history,” Said Holly Ittel, Exhibition Manager at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. “Both exhibitions manifest the historic modern art quilt movement of the past 40 years. Viewers will experience colorful, bold patterns as well as minimalistic designs.”

Admission for the exhibitions will be $5 general/ senior/ student and free for children under 12 and Barn members. Exhibition and Gallery Shop hours are Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm. To read more about the exhibition, please visit this link.