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Why quilts matter

Peterborough: Symposium at Monadnock Center

Why Quilts Matter, a one day symposium, will be held at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The symposium, for people who love, collect or make quilts, will focus on the role of quilts and quilt making in American culture. A selection of contemporary and historic quilts will be on display throughout the day.

Keynote speaker Pam Weeks, a quilt historian and Binney Family Curator at the New England Quilt Museum, will present, “Busting the Myths — Quilt History Truths.” Weeks is a quilter and fiber artist and a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She has written extensively on the history of quilts, particularly on New England quilts and quilting techniques. Her most recent book, “Civil War Quilts,” tells the stories of 14 quilts and the women who made them.

Quilt artist Gail Caron will discuss quilts as art in a presentation on the techniques of Impressionist Landscape quilts using natural light to interpret nature through the medium of fabric. Local quilter Gail Wilson will discuss the tradition of red and white quilts and her own designs in the red and white style.

In addition to the speakers, the day will include a showing of two episodes from the groundbreaking “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” documentary series. Delving into quilts from an array of fresh perspectives including history, art, politics and women’s empowerment, the film is an insightful exploration of quilts in American life.

The symposium will begin with coffee at 8:30 a.m. followed by an episode of “Why Quilts Matter,” time for viewing the quilts on display and Caron’s presentation, Quilts as Art. After a lunch break, keynote speaker Pam Weeks will present followed by a second episode from “Why Quilts Matter” and Wilson’s presentation. The final session of the day will feature a Q&A panel discussion.

Registration is $25 for the public and $20 for members of the Monadnock Quilters Guild or the Monadnock Center.

Registrations must be received by May 5.

To register, stop by the Monadnock Center, call 924-3235, or visit MonadnockCenter.org.

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