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Quilt show gets under way Friday

April 18, 2006

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Show opens with a pair of gala receptions at the Ice House Gallery on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Produced by the Morgan Arts Council, the show openings each night are the final stop on a downtown Artwalk. The quilts hang through June 4.

The Friday Artwalk begins at 5 p.m. at Mountain Laurel with "Behind the Veil," a show of precious metal adornment in the Celtic tradition by West Virginia artist Anita Gallagher. The Saturday Artwalk begins at 7:30 p.m. with a reception at Bath Bookworks for the opening of "Twists and Turns," small quilts, wall quilts and miniatures by Oregon quilt artists.

More than 30 quilts recently made by 17 Delectable Mountain Quilters will be on display, including some for sale. As in previous years, the Apple Butter Festival quilt is unveiled. The quilt for 2006 is "North Carolina Lily," a very old pattern updated using batiks and designer border prints with lilies done in fuschia, mauve and blue.

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"It also has lots of fancy quilting," says quiltmaker Rika Bennett for whom the 2006 Apple Butter Festival quilt is her 15th for that event. "Morgan County Roses" is also destined for the auction block. A challenge quilt done by members of Delectable Mountains during the two days of the 2005 Morgan County fair, it will be raffled off at the 2006 fair. "Marie's Flower Basket" by Sara Schendel was several years in the making and features an appliqued basket of flowers for each month of the year. Halls extending from the Gallery will be hung with smaller quilt pieces and specialty items for sale.

The Delectable Mountains Quilters is launching the 28-piece Yard Square Quilt display and silent auction with small quilts hanging in businesses throughout town.

On May 5 through 7, the quilters host a lecture and pair of workshops by national recognized author and fabric artist, Jean Ray Laury of California.

"We're delighted to have the quilt show open during Uniquely West Virginia weekend," said Laura Smith of Travel Berkeley Springs. "It's the perfect compliment to wine, food and redbuds."

For more information call 304-258-2300 or check online at www.macicehouse.org

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