‘Finnish Views’ headline quilt show in DuluthA collection of artistic quilts depicting life in Finland will be on display as part of the 35th annual Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
A taste of Finnish culture is coming to Duluth this week.
A collection of artistic quilts depicting life in Finland will be on display as part of the 35th annual Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
The “Greetings from Finland” exhibit features 23 contemporary wall quilts and 25 original fabric postcards, created by two quilting guilds in Finland. Each provides an artist’s depiction of the Nordic country. This will be the first time the quilts have ever been displayed in the United States, according to organizers.
The members of one guild, the Jyväskylä Quilt Guild, chose the theme “Jyväskylä Valon Kaupunki” (“Jyväskylä City of Light”). Each of their pieces is an artist’s view of their city, Jyväskylä, a university town in central Finland. The other guild, Neuliaiset, a nationwide organization, chose a broader theme, “Finnish Views.”
The quilts show examples of Finnish creativity and sense of design through fabric, stitching and other embellishments, organizers said.
The show and conference runs from Thursday, June 13, to Saturday, June 15, at the DECC. Admission is $10 for a single day or $25 for the entire show.
The event features 56 classes and lectures to be given by 15 local and national faculty members. More than 300 judged and non-judged quilts from around the country will be on display. In addition, eight special exhibits from around the world will be available for viewing, including an exhibit of Mariner’s Compass quilts curated by Duluth resident Claudia Clark Myers.
More than $25,000 in awards will be given to quilts entered for judging, and vendors will be on hand to sell sewing machines, fabric, accessories and collectibles.
Minnesota Quilters, Inc. is comprised of 700 members who are located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Canada. The show and conference is held in a different city every year.