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Valparaiso String-a-Longers Display Quilts

by Holly Robinson April 2, 2010 4:17 PM
The Valparaiso, Indiana String-a-Long Quilters have been working with the Porter County Museum to clean and archive the museum’s collection of historic quilts for storage. This weekend, they put the collection on display, featuring, as well, 18 quilts made by String-a-Longer Pat Atwell.

The String-a-Long Quilters have about 75 members, ranging in age from 12 years old to 90, according to guild president Joan Crookston, who spoke at the beginning of the quilt show at the Porter County Expo Center (Bartholomew, Charles. “Quilting show continues today at Expo Center.” Post-Tribune. March 28, 2010). The guild was formed for the purpose of promoting the art of quilting and the preservation of antique quilts. Hundreds of quilt lovers turned out to see the more than 250 quilts displayed in the Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Some of the quilts were just finished last week, while others were more than 100 years old, including a quilt that had a souvenir ribbon from William Jennings Bryan’s 1909 Valparaiso speech stitched into it. (Bryan was nominated and ran for president three times.) [More]

Art Gallery Improves Storage with Rolling Art Racks

by Kim Kilpatrick April 1, 2010 4:33 PM
Comox Valley Art Gallery, a Courtenay, Canada art gallery, has decided to invest in specialized professional art storage racks to store its collection. The racks are on wheels, and can store works of art that are as big as six feet by eight feet. Comox is buying a total of six racks for $15,000. The racks will hold around 100 large paintings and other two-dimensional art works.

Storing art properly can extend its life and reduce wear and tear. But, ordinarily, art placed in archives must be packaged extensively to keep it safe from light and from physical damage. Opening the packaging can complicate and slow the process of choosing art to display for particular exhibits. Using a specialized art rack can make it easier for a museum to store an extensive collection in an organized way, enabling curators to quickly locate and choose art for new exhibits without having to unwrap cumbersome packaging. The racks will also make it easier for visiting art historians and scholars to access the museum’s collection for study and research purposes. [More]