Thursday, August 25, 2011

Amish Quilts at the Flint Institute of Art

The Flint Institute of Arts will open the exhibition Amish Quilts to the public on September 10. The exhibit will feature Amish quilts dating from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century from the private collection of Marsha and Tom French and illustrate the history of Amish quilt making and the importance of this ongoing tradition. Examples from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana demonstrate noteworthy distinctions between regions and reflect the creative choices in color, pattern and styles passed down through generations of Amish women within the framework of the structured society in which they live.
The Amish Quilt exhibition will continue at the Flint Institute of Arts through November 13. Information and schedules for related programs including: lectures, teacher workshops, films and children’s activities will be posted on the FIA website or call 810-234-1695. The FIA is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Cultural Center Park between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College. Museum hours are Mon–Wed and Fri 12p–5p; Thu 12p–9p; Sat 10a–5p and Sun 1p–5p. There is a charge for non-members to the exhibit. Saturdays are Target Free.