FLINT — The annual Flint Festival of Quilts will be celebrating its 20th year, Sept. 11-13, featuring five unique and amazing exhibits throughout downtown Flint, blanketing our area with beautiful expressions of creativity.
“I am always blown away by the talent I see over the three days of this festival,” says Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council. “It’s no wonder the popularity of our Festival of Quilts continues to grow.”
As in the past, each location has its own special theme with the quilts themselves covering a wide range of storylines and histories.
The First Presbyterian Church will host the Sacred Threads Exhibition and N.E.W. Life Quilts-Stitching Our Lives Together will be at Landaal Packaging, while on display at the Stockton Center at Spring Grove will be the Stitches Over Time collection.
The We are Somebody exhibit, at the Greater Flint Arts Council, is curated by Roy Mitchell and is a collaborative effort with the State of Virginia Department of Corrections. The quilts in this powerful display are all created by male residents of the Juvenile Detention Correction Center in Virginia.
Inspired by the fact that the Flint African American Quilters Guild is celebrating its silver anniversary at the Flint Public Library this year, the theme of the exhibition there is appropriately titled 25 Antiques.
Also at the Flint Public Library, for the second straight year, the Flint African American Quilters Guild will host a presentation by Roy Mitchell Jr. on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Mitchell, known in quilting circles as the “Watermelun Man”, returns once again as the keynote speaker and will exhibit his mastery as a quilt artist.
“Festival-goers will have the chance to buy quilts, there will be opportunities to win quilts, plus, quilting demonstrations will take place at the various locations…it really is a fun and informative three days,” says Fiedler. “If you’ve never been, it’s something you need to experience.
There is a $3 charge to the Stitches over Time exhibition at the Stockton Center, all other exhibits and displays feature free admission. (For more details on the Festival of Quilts, please refer to the attached brochure.
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.
Located in the heart of downtown Flint, GFAC is a regional regranting agency for Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, currently regranting in Genesee and Lapeer Counties.
GFAC provides many other services for the arts, from arts information services, consulting for artists, arts agencies and arts educators. They provide new artists with venues, audiences and a community voice. GFAC is also a presenter of the arts, producing annually many exhibitions, concerts, festivals and events. The Greater Flint Arts Council has a long history of offering quality art and cultural programs to the greater Flint community. Through assessment and evaluation, these programs are tailored to the needs of local artists, arts and cultural agencies, educational institutions and members of the community who want to be involved in arts and cultural programs. With the involvement of concerned citizens for the arts in greater Flint, local artists, arts and cultural agencies, educational institutions, a committed Board of Trustees and competent staff, the Greater Flint Arts Council will continue to provide necessary programs and services to our community. — G.G.