Special Show exhibits 2019
We had three special show exhibits: M.C. Bunte (Featured Artist), the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt and Exceeding Boundaries (INFiber).
M.C. Bunte, Featured Artist
Our featured artist for 2019, M.C. Bunte, showed a series tentatively titled "People, Places, Things." Her diverse work showcases a wide variety of themes and techniques—we hope you'll be inspired by these beautiful pieces!
The Indiana Bicentennial Barn quilt
The Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt was conceived in advance of the state’s Bicentennial by the Indiana Barn Foundation as a means of raising awareness about preserving Indiana’s heritage barns. And it was eventually intended to raise funds for the Mauri Williamson Barn Preservation Grant the organization planned to create. In partnership with the Indiana State Quilt Guild and Indiana Landmarks, and named a Bicentennial Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, the quilt depicts a barn from nearly every one of the state’s 92 counties.
Volunteer quilters were invited to design and submit 6-inch by 6-inch quilt blocks depicting a barn from their’s or an adjacent county. Once the blocks were received, Nappanee’s Connie Kauffman, a quilt block contributor herself, developed the final quilt design. Bremen’s Ruby Borkholder then worked every day but Sundays during February of 2016 to finish the quilt by hand.
On February 29, 2016, the quilt contributors were honored at a private unveiling of the finished quilt attended by former Governor Mike Pence and former First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana Bicentennial Executive Director Perry Hammock, and IBF board member and former First Lady Judy O’Bannon. The quilt was then displayed at the Indiana Statehouse for a time before beginning its year-long journey around the state where it was displayed at various historical societies, libraries, museums, art centers, quilt shows, and county fairs, as well as the Indiana State Fair.
As 2016 drew to a close, the quilt, its contributors, and the Indiana Barn Foundation were honored when the quilt was named the Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project by the Indiana Historical Society.
In March 2017, the quilt was auctioned to raise funds for IBF’s barn preservation grant and was purchased by Melba Shillings of Starke County. Her husband, Jim, was president of the Starke County Historical Society when he received a call from quilter Judy Harness about the barn quilt project and a request for photos of local barns. One of the photos Jim sent her was his own barn built by his grandfather in 1902. Judy choose to depict the Edgar W. Shilling barn but sadly, Jim died in October 2015 and never saw the completed quilt. Melba decided that purchasing the quilt would be a fitting way to honor her husband’s memory. IBF is grateful to her for loaning the quilt for special exhibits. In early 2018, the first two recipients of the Mauri Williamson Barn Preservation Grant were announced and their barns are currently undergoing rehabilitation.
INFiber, a talented group of Indiana Fiber Artists based around Indianapolis, provided a special exhibit for your enjoyment called, "Exceeding Boundaries - Just when you think you know what fiber art is your mind is captured by Exceeding Boundaries.” This exhibit features a compilation of a variety of art with numerous styles, techniques and materials used.
This piece by artist Leigh Layton, is called “Mom.” Leigh states, "I lost my mother this year shortly after I started this piece and it spoke pretty much to me the entire process. It spoke to the many roles she had during her 85 years. I used photo manipulation, inks on the photo as well as dyeing some of the fabric with inks and then more photo printing."