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Quilting, the softest Art Form found at Heartland Gallery

September 4, 2018

Heartland_Quilt_sunflower2018The Friendship Quilters’ Guild has been in existence over 18 years and has shown their talented works at Heartland Artists Gallery for the last eight years. The Gallery is proud to share the local artists’ textile art from our local area. Heartland believes this to be an art form as well, another type of media which is more tactile than most fine art and it requires balance, exceptional color mix, symmetry and continuing creativity.  A quilter dedicates long hours designing and completing their art.

The Guild will be displaying creative quilts and many quilted gift items as well as the Patchwork Gals’ pieces. Several members of the Guild; Kay Horn, Jane Horvath, Barb Prusinski and Linda Redinger taught quilting classes at the Argos Public Library and the group is called Patchwork Gals. The Community is invited to an Open House on Sunday, Sept. 9th from 2-4 pm at the Heartland Artists Gallery. You will be able to see all of the Guild’s quilting as well as the Patchwork Gals’ pieces and meet the quilters.

The Friendship Quilters Guild meets the 2nd Monday of the month at the Life Enrichment Center, 7:00 pm.  The Guild has a wonderful creative ingredient as well as a serving and a compassionate heart. They gift quilts and quilted items to comfort others with their end products. They are selling Christmas stockings and the proceeds will help with mailing expenses to send stockings to servicemen for Christmas through Operation Quiet Comfort. The Guild accepts fabric from former quilters and estates and then use their talent to turn the fabric into wonderful quilts to comfort others.

Heartland_Quilt_Purple 2018The story of quilting in America begins with wholecloth and medallion quilts made by the few colonial women with the leisure time to make them. The explosion of quilt making took place when manufactured fabric became plentiful and affordable around 1840. It continued to grow over the decades and even today with the popularity of artistic quilting.

While the early emphasis was on art in quilts of the past it wasn’t long before artists began to create new quilts as art. Notice we said “artists”. The quilt art movement was primarily started by artists who originally created in other art media. It has been more recently that quilters have gone from traditional quilting to quilt art. You will want to experience such a variety of quilted themes with brilliant colors and exceptional coordinating fabrics that make that textured and dimensional art, otherwise known as quilting!

Heartland’s calendar offers more ‘Art Experiences’ through the end of the year. Their 30th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit will take place Sept 29 – Nov. 2. This Show displays art from multiple states and new artists are competing for prizes every year. The Open house for the Juried Show will be Oct. 6 from 1-4. November’s Art Show will feature a new artist, Jon Miller, an exceptional artist from Florida. December will be the Members’ Art Show and the Annual Christmas Tree Raffle, this year’s theme being ‘Santa’s Workshop’. The Christmas tree with handmade ornaments by Heartland artists will be on display at the Gallery mid November. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Gallery and the winner will be announced early in December.

The Gallery’s mission is to support area artists, and to bring and to teach the arts to our community. Our not-for-profit Gallery gives area artists a venue to show and sell their art. Our art classes fulfill our mission for educating and they also assist in our financial means to maintain the Gallery. Visit and Facebook, Instagram or call 574.936.9515 for information. The Gallery is located at 101 N. Michigan St., in Downtown Plymouth. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10-4.


Photo Caption: This sunflower was thoughtfully created by Kathy Zentz. View this and more at the Open House, Sunday, Sept.

9th from 2-4 pm at the Heartland Gallery on the corner of Garro and Michigan Streets in downtown Plymouth.


Photo Caption: This quilt is titled ‘Labyrinth Walk” and was created by Kay Horn. More quilts and quilted items can be seen

and purchased at Heartland Artists Gallery through Sept. 25th.