Between April 2-16, when you walk around the Columbia Public Library you will see nearly 100 art quilts designed and crafted by 20 different fabric artists. The quilts range in size from 18 x 6 feet (“Big Muddy Folk Festival”) to 9 x 9.5 inches (“My First Art Quilt” by Becky Paneck). The 2016 Quilt Exhibit is funded by the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation and curated by Mindy Smith, quilt artist and CEO of the Boonslick Trail Quilters’ Guild.
Unlike traditional quilts, these pieces use experimental textile processes and other mixed media. For example some designs incorporate pieces of metal or are embellished with paint to communicate the artists’ love of life, their view of the world and their personal moments and stories. Some represent gardens, landscapes, animals, family, hope, love, sadness and beauty.
Before 2002, the Columbia Public Library hosted a quilt show annually. Library staff decided to revive this community event in 2015 in honor of National Library Week and as another way to foster lifelong learning. Related programming and a how-to exhibit are part of this year’s show. National Library Week is April 10-16.
Kids aged 7-12 can make their own quilt blocks at “Quilting Fun for Kids” on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (573) 443-3161 to register. On April 16, adults can learn about the creative process behind making art quilts at The ARTrageous Quilt Group” at 1 p.m. You can meet the quilt artists at 2:15 p.m. in the library lobby, and hear about how quilters made the Big Muddy Riverscape Quilt at 3:30 p.m. All these programs are at the Columbia Public Library and are free and open to the public.