RACINE – Thirty-five people gathered for cookies and champagne when Lemberg Electric provided services for the brand new Quilts on Barns installation of a painted wood panel mounted on another barn in rural Racine County on the 17th June.
Started in 2008, the newest quilt is part of the Racine Arts Council’s drive-through tour of 28 barns across rural and urban Racine County.
“The barns come to life as these models are installed,” said Kathi Wilson, executive director of the Racine Arts Council at the RAC. “It’s like the barn has been waiting its entire life to have a quilt on it. Our goal has been to reach rural and urban areas to show the beauty of Racine County with the positive power of art.
The final quilt, titled “Wheat Matters,” was inspired by barn owner Nancy Bassett. She is a baker of artisan breads and cookies and knows the value that wheat brings to our daily lives. The grid and color rendering was done on a CAD program by Kjell Erlandsson, a friend of RAC, and painted by the Edelweiss Hikers, Cindy Boros, Jean Jacobson and Jeanne Mierow. It was designed to hang diagonally and was installed on Spring Prairie Road in Burlington.
The Racine Arts Council will hold a Quilts on Barns Road Rally on October 9th. Motorists are encouraged to drive throughout the area to see over 25 unique quilt patterns and listen to live music in two quilt barns, admire the fall colors and win prizes. People can stop by Real Racine on the day of the event to pick up a driving map and a Road Rally instruction card for $5. The Council supports and defends the interests of local artists. For more information, visit rootartscouncil.org/quilts-community-road-rally.
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