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Stewart Gallery reopens with quilt exhibit


Stewart Gallery reopens with quilt exhibit


Grinnell, Iowa – After a two-month hiatus, the Grinnell Area Arts Council has reopened the Stewart Gallery in the Grinnell Arts Center at 926 Broad Street in downtown Grinnell with the opening of Made in Grinnell: Quilts of the World Renowned Quilting Author, Judy Martin now through January 29.

“We are very excited to be featuring Judy’s designs as we reopen the Stewart Gallery to the public,” stated Christian Lutz, the arts council’s executive director.  “We wanted to feature an art form that would remind folks about the warmth and comfort of home and family during these cold winter months.  Featuring quilts was the perfect choice – not only do they provide physical warmth, but they also reflect the warmth of family history and tradition.”

Made in Grinnell features 13 quilts designed by Martin, a resident of Grinnell since 1993 and noted quilt designer and author.  She made her first quilt in 1969 and spent eight years as the senior editor for two nationally-distributed quilting magazines.  In 1980, she published her first book and her work has grown to include 22 quilting books and over 1,000 published patterns.

“I made all of the quilts in this exhibit during the last 21 years.  All but one have appeared in my books.  One, which I named The Fabric of My Life: 1969-2014, is the newest,” noted Martin.  “I hope visitors enjoy seeing the quilts and that they rekindle fond memories of quilts that have touched their lives.”

Made in Grinnell can be viewed between the hours of 9:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 12 Noon on Saturdays.  Admission to the Stewart Gallery is free.

Stewart Gallery temporarily closed to the public on November 1 for a renovation project that resulted in the installation of permanent exhibit walls containing more surface area on which to display artwork.  Other improvements include a new ceiling, the removal of outdated fixtures, the transition of gallery lighting from halogen to LED bulbs to improve energy efficiency, and the reconfiguration of radiator heating.

About the Grinnell Area Arts Council: The Grinnell Area Arts Council is a charitable nonprofit organization established in 1979 to promote, encourage, develop, and assist in the understanding, appreciation, and financial support of the arts and other cultural activities in the Grinnell area.  The Council pursues its mission through arts education, theatrical and musical performances, a farm-based artist residency, an exhibition gallery, and special arts-related events.  To learn more about the Council and its programs, visit www.grinnellarts.org

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