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Stitch Works – Quilt Exhibit- Johnstown

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free

The Bottle Works will host an exhibit of quilts made by local quilt groups. Quilting is a folk art that has been passed down through generations. The process often turns into a group activity, and has often been as much of a social gathering as it has been art. We are highlighting quilts from two local groups that have existed over the years in our region. The Windber Church of the Brethren Women’s Fellowship Quilting Group & The Royal Society Sewing Club of Sidman. We will also have several quilts by individual quilters on display.

“Finding a way to preserve this rich artistic heritage, and continue the traditions of passing down these art forms from one generation to the next is an important part of what we do here at the Bottle Works.” – Matt Lamb – Creative Director

Join the BW Stitch Works Quilt Circle!

As a part of our efforts to highlight the social art of quilting, we are looking to start our very own Stitch Works Quilt Circle! Local fiber artist Carol Churchey has been working on designing new block patterns to make a 6’ x 6’ hanging quilt that will represent the history of the Bottle Works. A large quilt frame was donated to the Bottle Works by Mrs. Barbara Yerger and we are looking to put it to good use. Our new Stitch Works Quilt Circle will meet the second Wednesday of each month from 7- 9 PM beginning November 9th, as a part of our Club Works Art Meetups. All skill levels are welcome. When the Bottle Works quilt is complete, it will become a permanent piece in our collection, hanging in the gallery of our Tulip building as a part of our Regional Folk Art display sponsored by our role as The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure partner for Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties.

“I have vivid memories from about 40 years ago when my Grandma Lamb would take me along on a Saturday to her quilt circle at the Windber Church of the Brethren. My siblings and I would be crawling around on the floor under the quilt frame as the ladies would share stories about their week as they worked on a quilt. We are hoping to continue that sort of tradition for the next generation.” – Matt Lamb – Creative Director Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center.

The history of quilting dates back to 3400 BC, and while it was often a functional practice, a decorative aspect was usually included. That has grown into the continuing of the tradition as an art form. Quilts have been used in multiple ways throughout the generations, but one of the most prolific is the National AIDS Memorial Quilt which includes over 50,000 panels memorializing all of the lives that have been lost to AIDS over the last 40+ years. The quilt has nearly 110,000 names sewn into it. You can view the panels online @ Interactive AIDS Quilt (aidsmemorial.org). The Bottle Works will be screening the documentary “The Last One”, which documents the history of the AIDS Memorial quilt on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022 @ 7 PM. Highlands Health Clinic will provide free rapid HIV test screening to the public on site during the documentary.

Details

Date:
December 6
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center
Phone:
(814) 535-2020
Email:
bwinfo@bottleworks.org
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Venue

Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center
411 Third Ave
Johnstown, 15906
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Phone:
(814) 535-2020
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