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Winedale's New Exhibit Features "Geometry & Botanica" Quilts

January 22, 2009

Round Top, Texas – Winedale Historical Complex announces its upcoming exhibition, "Geometry & Botanica: Quilts from Winedale's Historic Collection."

Our Texas Heritage, The Texas Memorial Museum Anniversary Quilt,

"Our Texas Heritage," The Texas Memorial Museum
Anniversary Quilt. Made by Beth Thomas Kennedy,
Austin, Texas, 1986; cotton, 68 ½ x 81 ½ in. 

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Feb. 16 – 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special opening reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit features quilts with intricate and beautiful geometrical or botanical designs. Viewers will learn the stories of the quilts, from the family connections of the quiltmakers to the inspiration behind the art, and even the dramatic story of a quilt that survived a shipwreck. The exhibit is notable for the range of eras represented—a number of the quilts on display are among the oldest in the collection, dating to the early 1800s. The exhibit also includes Beth Kennedy's award-winning quilt that commemorates the Texas sesquicentennial.

"The quilts share the same provenance: they all have been selected from the quilts donated to the Briscoe Center by the Texas Memorial Museum," said Mary Evelynn Sorrell, assistant director for Winedale Historical Complex. "There are many opportunities for viewers to admire the technical skills of these quiltmakers, and to learn the fascinating stories behind these quilts."

Winedale, a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, is located four miles from Round Top, Texas at 3738 FM 2714.

Please call Winedale to make arrangements for group visits.

For more information, contact: Mary Evelynn Sorrell, assistant director of Winedale Historical Complex, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 979-278-3530.

Related sites:
Winedale Historical Complex
The Center for American History