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February 6, 2014

A Season of Quilts: The Threads That Bind opens Feb. 16

TIFTON —

A Season of Quilts is a multi-faceted program that spans three months, two venues and four exhibits, and uses the art of quilting to tell inspiring stories that encourage the creation of a world that works for everyone. 

The first event in the project is The Threads that Bind, opening at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage Feb. 16 from 1 -3 p.m. Admission is free.

A display of original quilts created by members of the Wiregrass Quilter’s Guild is the focal point of the exhibit.  Each quilt depicts the life story of an individual who has overcome  challenges to live a meaningful life. 

The quilters and those featured on the quilts will be present to share their stories, discuss the making of the quilts and demonstrate this traditional art form. There will also be an opportunity to share your thoughts about a world that works for everyone through participation in a shared project. 

Included in the exhibit will be a quilt created by Jane Rodgers of Irwinville to celebrate the life story of Wayne Evans, a 68-year-old who is wheelchair bound and who endures other challenges.  

Despite his disabilities, Evans loves Elvis, wolfs down hamburgers and cheers for the Georgia Bulldogs.  His life, shown through colors and stitched patterns on Jane’s  quilt, is symbolic of how people of all abilities share similar interests – threads which link us together as human beings in a shared community.  

Another quilt depicts the story of a well known local artist, Ronald Goodman of Fitzgerald.  Designed and stitched by Rae Giddens Elder, this “work of heart” reveals Goodman’s courageous journey from a teenage spinal injury causing the loss of use of his arms and legs to a life creating beautiful wildlife paintings.  Some of Goodman’s art works will be included in the exhibit.

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