PRINCETON — A traditional designed quilt from the past meant warmth on a cold night, but it also provided beauty to the family member on whose bed it resided, a beauty achieved when that family’s foremost thoughts were to survive through the difficult winters of the time; and, while quilts belonged to that by-gone era, because of their wonderful colors and designs, they have evolved into a new and appealing contemporary art form; and, they now hang on walls of corporate offices, hospitals, churches, art galleries and homes.
The upcoming art show at the Prairie Arts Center, “Quilts: Then and Now,” will also showcase a new quilt art application for placement on barns that quilters in the Princeton area are working on. The barn quilt art will include either the quilter’s own designs or the designs of other quilters. Currently, their barn quilt designs can be found in 24 locations in Bureau County. Typically, they are either 8-by-8-feet or 4-by-4-foot wooden blocks, designed with a colorful quilt pattern, hand painted using durable exterior paint for year-round display, and are then mounted on historic barns.
The colorful patterns of the barn quilt designs are designed to invite visitors to venture off the beaten path and explore Bureau County’s scenic countryside. A tourist map guide is available to direct you to all of the 24 barn quilt sites.
The opening reception for the show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton.