October 18 Art Encounters
Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
10:30–11:30 am

Art Encounters offers guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

Join us for a look at the special exhibition, Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum.

Throughout the history of quilt-making, the finest pieces were often made to be admired rather than used. Brought out of cupboards and trunks on special occasions, highly-prized bedcovers linked family and community histories, bridging the gap between domestic life and public display. By the middle of the nineteenth century, there were increasing public venues showcasing quilts, including state and county fairs, where adept quilt-makers competed for prizes and local renown. Today, quilt-making is recognized as an art form  – these familiar objects carry the unique hand of their maker as clearly as a painting or sculpture might, revealing creative expression through their thoughtful design and careful execution.

What's pictured: Carrie M. Carpenter, Applique and Pieced Sunflower Quilt, 1860-1880, appliquéd and quilted cotton, 77 1/2 x 84 in., Collection of Shelburne Museum, Gift of Ethel Smith Washburn, 1987-19. Photography by Andy Duback.



Art Encounters is free for most programs.  Special exhibitions, however require a ticket for admission: free for members and $10 for general public. For program details, please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.