Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In touch...

It's hard to keep up with all of the activities in the world of Barn Quilts. The idiom is becoming only slightly more common place. While "BARN QUILT" is not instantly recognizable by everyone, I still predict reaching a tipping point where this art movement will become more accepted by the main stream art community. There is not a problem here. The arts movement that consists of painting quilt blocks on barns (and other structures) is truly grass roots. From the ground up. It was started in the country and not the fashion capitals that so often lead the masses. I find it comforting that the good folk that participate are doing so because of a joy and passion for the art, and a love of their community and their past.

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A Benefit for Athens AM Rotary & Cancer Research

The Athens AM Rotary Club’s annual Quilt Barn Ride and Poker Run will raise funds for the Club’s charity work and for Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour based in Columbus, Ohio with one goal: to end cancer. The Quilt Barn Ride begins at 8 a.m., July 18th, 2009 and starts at the Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 667 East State St., Athens, Ohio. Poker Run prizes will be announced at 1:00 p.m.

A special route has been designed to provide cyclists with a scenic ride through Athens, County, with stops at five local Quilt Barns. The route will consist of a 30- mile loop, with an additional 20 miles of optional road available for the more experienced riders who want more of a challenge. The Athens County Quilt Barns include paintings of traditional quilt patterns on local barns. The Quilt Barns were created from an Appalachian Ohio art project, with funding from the Ohio Arts Council. This project planted the seeds for what has become a national art movement.

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Wall farm nominated for Small Farmer of Year
JIMMY SETTLE • The Leaf-Chronicle • July 11, 2009

Visit J&J Century Farm today and you'll be transported to an old-fashioned, diverse agricultural experience, whether you stick around for an hour or all day. You can see farm animals, buy farm-fresh produce, pumpkins and gourds, souvenirs, the work of local artisans, locally produced honey, select antiques, and for the holiday season, wreaths, ornaments and other items from Granny Wall's Country Store. This month, you can visit the blackberry patch to pick your own wild blackberries in season. Be sure to call the farm ahead for availability and times, and bring along a bucket.

J&J Century Farm is a member of Pick TN Products, the Appalachian Quilt Trail, Montgomery County Quilt Trail, Tennessee Agritourism Association, and Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association.

--- Must See ---

I have mentioned the You Tube video of the Barn Quilts of Kankakee County (it appears as if it is no longer available)... Now, thanks to Ken Kashian and the Illinois Farm Bureau, there is slide show of images that are great. Click on the linked message below:

Starting in the fall of 2008, barn quilts began to cover area barns and corncribs. By the end of this year, a total of 20 quilts will proudly hang. While there have been barn quilt projects in neighboring states, This is the first of its kind in Illinois. Photos courtesy of Clayton & Carol Splear Pratt. Additional Golden Anniversary Ring photos courtesy of Pat Alcorn

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