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International Quilt Exhibit at Mariemont’s Barn features collection of 200 quilts for holiday activity

Mariemont will be home to Vincent Van Gogh for two weeks in December. Local resident, Larry McKenney is one of the featured artists of this exhibit with a beautiful quilt of Starry Night from the Water. McKenny is well known to the Cincinnati art community, as well as all over the United States with his art being prominently featured in Quilting Arts Magazine and showcased in exhibits with Studio Art Quilter Artists.

McKenny tends to express himself with texture and paint, reminiscent and inspired by Van Gogh’s work. Van Gogh’s presence will be felt all over the Loft at the Barn at 6980 Cambridge Avenue from December 11-23, 2018. The incredible art exhibit is a great holiday activity or family activity this season.

The Barn is the Women’s Art Club’s Cultral Center in Mariemont, Ohio.

Fiber Art at the Barn and the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists are hosting this international quilt competition sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics. Ten local artists had work that was juried into the show. The December exhibit will be the country’s only venue displaying its complete collection of 200 twenty-inch-square quilts. Larry, along with Sue Paas, Nora McFarlane, Carole Price, Lynn Ticotsky, Roberta Porter, Betsy Terrill, Jenny Graham, Cris Fee, and Susan Austin will be on hand to discuss various fiber art techniques used on the quilts.

In 2017 CQC challenged artists around the world were given three pieces of blue fabric and a black fat quarter and challenged to create a 20 x 20-inch quilt about Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh. Cherrywood jurors chose 200 quilts, then split the entries into a French and Dutch exhibition.

Ten of the exhibitors reside in the Greater Cincinnati area and eight of them are members of CQAFA, an art quilt group, which meets monthly at The Barn. The exhibition traveled through the U.S., England, France, and Australia in 2018. Once displayed in Cincinnati the exhibit will be dismantled and quilts sent back to the original artists.

“It is an exquisite exhibit and I am hoping all Van Gogh enthusiasts will come and view the fiber art”, said Susan Austen, Volunteer Fiber Art Coordinator. “Most children learn about Van Gogh throughout their education so it is not only a wonderful exhibit for adults but family friendly as well. Grab a friend and make a day of it in Mariemont during the holiday season.”

The exhibit has extended hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 1-4 p.m. on the weekends. On-site parking is available.

In recognition of the display, The Barn also invites the community to attend to its monthly ARTflix film Loving Vincent on December 13. Visitors will have an opportunity to appreciate the van Gogh-inspired quilts, as well as enjoy a film about his life. Complete details can be found at www.artatthebarn.org

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