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Additional quilt, fiber art shows during quilt week

BY KAT RUSSELL krussell@paducahsun.com

In addition to all the classes and festivities, there are three shows during quilt week that you may want to check out:

Rotary Antique Quilt Show

The Paducah Rotary Club is hosting its 29th annual antique quilt show at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave. The show opened Tuesday and will remain on exhibit until Saturday. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $7 each at the door and allow admittance to the show all week.

This year's exhibit is called "Variations," said Rotary Antique Quilt Show Chairwoman DeeDee Whittaker.

"It will feature eight to 10 sets of antique quilts, and in each set of three or four quilts there will be unique variations of a traditional pattern," she said.

The Rotary Quilt show will also feature an exhibit of smaller-sized quilts. This small quilt show is called "Dare to Dance," Whittaker said, and each quilt will represent the artist's interpretation of the word "Joy."

"One really exciting thing about this small quilt show this year is that, for the first time, the quilts will be for sale," Whittaker said. "And we've never been able to do this before, because usually these small quilt exhibits travel for long periods of time to different quilt shows and such, but this is the last stop for this show and a lot of the artists have agreed to sell their quilts."

Each year, Whittaker said, the antique quilt show helps to support the Rotary's scholarship fund, and this year will be no different.

"One of the important features of our show is that the money raised goes to our educational assistance fund, which gives scholarships to local students," she said, adding that a portion of the "Dare to Dance," quilt sales will also be donated to the fund.

"We're really excited about the show, she said, "and we'd really like to encourage everyone to come check it out," she said. "It's so neat to see these traditional antique quilts and then the smaller show of these beautifully artistic quilts."

Yeiser Art Center,

"Fantastic Fibers"

In partnership with the American Quilter's Society, the Yeiser Art Center is hosting its 40th annual "Fantastic Fibers" show during Quilt Week.

The "Fantastic Fibers" exhibit opened Tuesday at the center at 200 Broadway. Gallery hours from Tuesday to Saturday are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $5 dollar entry fee. YAC members and children 13 years old and younger get in for free.

The exhibit features 38 pieces that range in style from traditional fiber art to more modern applications, and will include sculptures, tapestries and other mediums.

"This year we had over 300 entries from all over the world," said YAC Director Stacey Reason. "And we have everything in the show from traditional quilting and weaving techniques to really diverse, contemporary applications of traditional fiber techniques."

Reason said the works run the gamut from small and delicate, such as a sculpture made from the skeletons of leaves, to large-scale commercially manufactured pieces, such as wall tapestries.

"We always try to find this balance between trying to capture a good representation of all the entries and trying to include as many of the really unique entries as possible," she said.

"This year in particular will be quite immersive, and I say that because we have several works that will be suspended from the ceiling this year. It's a very packed show, this year in particular because of the larger-scale of a lot of the works."

Each year, Reason said, YAC produces a printed show catalogue, which includes pictures of the works, biographical information of artists, and a description of the piece and the materials techniques used. The catalogue will be for sale in the gallery lobby.

"That is a very sought-after item," she said. "We sell out of our catalogues every year just because it's such an interesting show, and they make nice coffee table books."

Paducah School of Art and Design,

"Made in Europe"

Paducah School of Art and Design will join in the Quilt Week festivities by hosting its first sanctioned American Quilter's Society event -- a gallery show at the Bill Ford Gallery, 905 Harrison St. The school asks that gallery-goers enter the facility through the school's public entrance on Harrison Street.

The exhibit opens Wednesday with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free and the gallery is included as a stop on the AQS Shuttle Bus tour.

The exhibit, titled "Made in Europe," will feature 30 art quilts from makers in the Studio Art Quilt Association European and Middle Eastern Region.

The art quilts show the wide variety of design and techniques used to make textiles in Europe and the Middle East. Many of the works were created using hand-dyed fabrics, others are hand painted and some incorporate digital images.

There are whole cloth pieces, quilts that have been neatly pieced and others where makers have applied a rougher more patched look. The quilts were made using a variety of techniques including machine stitching, hand stitching, fusing, and embellishing with yarns and beads.

"We are excited to be hosting our first sanctioned AQS event," said PSAD Dean Paul Aho. "Our intent was to make our school accessible to the public, and we are delighted for them to experience the school and its resources."

PSAD is also the site where several AQS fabric dyeing classes will take place.

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