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Letters: Quilt exhibition threads through community galleries

To the editor:

During the past several weeks, five venues in the village and town of Cazenovia opened quilt and American textile exhibitions that will run through the month of July.

At the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park's gallery and Cazenovia College's Reisman Hall art gallery, visitors can see an exhibition of 60 quilts made by international contemporary fiber artists, picked by a jury from a large number of entries from the United States and other countries. Work from many American states and ten foreign countries is represented in the exhibitions, and the level of aesthetic quality of submissions from all countries was extraordinarily high.

In addition to those exhibitions, the Cazenovia Public Library has a show in its art gallery, "Eleven in Eleven," quilts by fiber artists who are members of the Rochester Area Fiber Artists Association. There is also an exhibition of quilt ephemera, the things quilt makers worked with, early photographs of quilters at work, etc., and an exhibition of quilt literature.

Our state historical site, Lorenzo, has a "living" exhibition; its beds on public view covered in examples of American whitework spreads from the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth, spanning the era of handwork to that of machine production.

The New Woodstock Public Library has an exhibition of quilts made by the five artists who comprise the Art Quilt Experience group.

Many people will come to Cazenovia to see these exhibitions. This may not have happened without the initial proposal to the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park from the Art Quilt Experience group for a juried international art quilt exhibition, and their dedication and hard work once the exhibitions had been planned. The group is comprised of Bonnie Robinson, of Cazenovia; Julie Brandon, of Williamson; Pat Berardi, of Fairport; Barb Seils, of Victor; and Val Schultz, of Honeoye.

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