Quilt documentary screened in Camden

Feb 04, 2013
“Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” explores the past, present and future of quilting in America.

Camden — Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday morning, Feb. 9, at the Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane. The program will feature Part 1 and perhaps Part 2 of The Kentucky Quilt Project’s ground-breaking nine-part documentary series “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics.” The group will gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee/socializing followed promptly at 10 a.m. by the program.

The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women’s studies to the contemporary art market. In 2011, 30 years after its founding, The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., created another first – the highly acclaimed nine-part documentary series, which was shown on PBS). Executive producer and host for the series, Shelly Zegart, a co-founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., the Alliance for American Quilts and an expert at the forefront of quilt study for over three decades, created the first series for television to show the world that quilts are bigger than people think.

“Quilts are our windows into the history, art and politics of this country. However, the subject of quilts and the people who make them is frequently misunderstood as they have long been relegated to discussions of grandma’s patterns and fabric history,” said Zegart.

“Why Quilts Matter” reveals the centrality of quilts to American culture. It goes beyond the “how to” and the history of quilts to capture the interest of a broad audience and change preconceived notions about quilts. The series delves into quilts from an array of fresh perspectives including history, art, politics, women’s empowerment and their surprising links to corporate America. It also takes viewers behind the scenes for an insider’s look at quilts in the museum world as well as in the marketplace; and analyzes the hidden quilt culture in America and why it is often called the largest mass movement most people don’t know about.

The meeting will be introduced the first episode or two, with the opportunity to see the additional episodes at another time or by requesting the series from local MINERVA libraries or borrowing the series from local quilters’ libraries. Episode 1, “Quilts 101, Antique and Contemporary Quilts,” introduces the audience to the brave new world of the American quilt; Episode 2, “Quilts Bring History Alive,” presents a fascinating look at the fascinating roles quilts have played in every part of American history. Of particular interest is the role in the Underground Railroad and the entire Civil War.

Refreshments, Show-&-Tell and a short business meeting will follow the program, which is free and open to the public; all are welcome. For details, call Prudy Netzorg, 354-0938 or Stevie Kumble, 236-2352.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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