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Quilts, chairs headline at gallery in October PDF Print E-mail


By Shari Friedel

Arts Council Member

The artist Vincent Van  Gogh is quoted as saying, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

What better way to describe this month’s display at Meadowlark Gallery in Grant?

October’s show features the work of local quilters from the Quilted Leaf Quilt Guild. Its members have been working hard throughout the year, stitching tiny scraps of fabric together to create spectacular wall hangings, bed covers and throws.

Several members constructed “tea time” quilts using the same pattern, but incorporating their own individual interpretation.

An open house to meet the quilters will be held Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m. The public is invited.

Chair Project

As a perfect compliment to the quilts, also on display are  uniquely decorated chairs in the second annual painted chair project.

Over 20 cast-off chairs, just begging for a new lease on life have been scavenged by gallery manager DeeAnn Tatum, and distributed to willing volunteers.

They are currently being repainted, recovered, redecorated, embellished, bejeweled, bedazzled and otherwise transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art. 

The chairs will be on display at the gallery until the Holiday Open House on Thursday, Nov. 18. At this time they will be put up for sale to the public, with funds generated benefitting the gallery and future community art projects.

Community Tile Project

Another exciting project taking shape is the arts council’s tile project. Over 140 community members have made a contribution to the project by decorating a ceramic tile.

The first batch of tiles has been fired, and is currently being incorporated into a series of murals to be installed at Hastings Memorial Library’s community room.

There are more tiles waiting to be decorated, and community members are invited to participate in the project during gallery hours, 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

Check the arts council website at for past shows and a current gallery schedule.

Also, visit their Facebook page for pictures and information on arts council happenings.

The gallery is operated by the Perkins County Area Arts Council, who meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at the gallery. The meetings are open to the public.