FLINT — The Flint Festival of Quilts is slated to happen Sept.13 through Sept. 15 and already the fever is running high.
“This year we expect the excitement to reach epidemic proportions,” says Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council. “We’ve been getting calls since April asking about our Festival of Quilts and the inquiries and interest have just kept building every month since!”
This year’s Quilt Festival marks the 18th year for the popular event. Once again, there will be quilt displays and exhibits at several different venues in and around downtown Flint and the Cultural Center, with each location featuring its own unique theme.
Participating venues include Brown Sugar Café, The Lunch Studio, First Presbyterian Church, Flint Public Library, the Greater Flint Arts Council, Hoffman’s Deco Deli, Longway Planetarium and Stockton Center at Spring Grove.
The festival will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days, apart from the Expressions of Faith display at First Presbyterian Church, which will close at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. All displays and exhibits are free of charge, except for the Civil War Celebration exhibition at the Stockton Center. The first 50 attendees to the Stockton Center venue will receive a free gift.
As in the past, the creativity of the quilts themselves covers a wide variety of storylines and themes, ranging from contemporary to the more traditional and historical. Festival-goers will enjoy demonstrations and lectures, have the opportunity to buy quilts and even register to win quilts, prizes and more.
Award-winning quilter and artist, Yvonne Wells from Tuscaloosa, Alabama is slated to lecture at the Flint Public Library on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. A retired public school teacher, Wells began quilting in 1979 and has gained national notoriety through the colorful and gripping artistry of her work.
“You know what they say: you need to feed a fever,” said Fiedler. “So I suggest people just plan to spend the whole three days of the Flint Festival of Quilts going from one location to the other until the fever breaks.”
The Flint Festival of Quilts is produced by the Greater Flint Arts Council and is part of the Flint Parade of Festivals, made possible by a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. — G.G.