14th Annual Art of Quilting Show At Gilbert Historical Museum through 5/27

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The 14th Annual Art of Quilting Show is being held at HD SOUTH, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum from February 26th through May 27th. More than 100 quilts made by members of the community and featuring many different styles will be on display throughout the Museum. This year’s event includes a special traveling exhibit of 19th Century Basket Quilts from the American Quilt Study Group.

Originally opened as Gilbert Elementary School in 1913, HD SOUTH is the oldest building still standing in Gilbert and is the only one on the National Register of Historical Places. It is a repository of artifacts chronicling the town’s rich history and you are invited to explore newly remodeled exhibits and discover the history that each room holds. 

Located at the southern end of the vibrant Gilbert Heritage District at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Elliot Roads, the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission is required for one-time access to the exhibit—Adults, $6; Seniors, ages 60+, $5; Youth, ages 5 to 12, $3; and free for children under age 5. 

On site at the Museum is a Quilters’ Boutique filled with handmade items for sale. The boutique will be open during the show and remains open year-round at the museum. 

Raffle tickets will be sold during the Quilting Show for a beautiful queen sized blue and cream basket quilt with embroidered flowers in each basket. The drawing will be held on Memorial Day and the winning ticket holder does not need to be present to win. There will also be a Silent Auction offering a variety of over twenty quilt pieces and handmade items. Silent Auction items will close to bidding on Memorial Day and winning bidders will be notified.

All proceeds from the exhibition, silent auction and raffle drawing will benefit HD SOUTH, a private 501©3 nonprofit organization.

On Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, historian Carole De Cosmo, Executive Director Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience, will present the History of Arizona Quilting—a journey into Arizona’s history through quilts. The presentation is free with museum admission.

Carole grew up in on a small farm in Glendale, received her MEd in education at ASU and taught at Phoenix College for ten years. Her love for Arizona history started in childhood as she listened to the stories of the old timers in Glendale and in Flagstaff in the summers. As the Executive Director of Historic Sahuaro Ranch for ten years, she saw the farms and dairies disappear as urban development moved west. After leaving Sahuaro Ranch in 2006 she wrote the conceptual plan for the Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience. In 2007, she brought together a committee to form the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame to capture and honor the agricultural legacy in Arizona.

HD SOUTH is the vibrant cornerstone of an intergenerational community that celebrates the past, inspires community unity and cultivates life-enriching collaboration. HD SOUTH is an ongoing project and where it is today is not where it will be in two, five or ten years. There are exciting plans and the goal, using the Communities for All Ages model, is to use art, history, culture and education to bring generations together.

Learn more at www.hdsouth.org, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HDSOUTHGilbertMuseum/, 

Twitter: @HDSGilbert and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hdsouthgilbert/?hl=en. Email info@hdsouth.org or call 480-926-1577.

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