More than 40 years ago, when Chatfield College was very newly opened to the public, Agatha Fitzgerald, OSU was looking for a way to bring the arts to the local community when someone suggested a quilt show. This simple idea blossomed into one of the college’s most successful artistic ventures in the college’s history – an annual quilt show that celebrates the art of quilt making. This year, the college will hold this annual event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One hundred people came to that first exhibit in the winter of 1974 to view the 30 quilts displayed and to purchase the wares of a few crafters in the Gym Building. Over the years, this event has grown and evolved significantly, but its original purpose has not changed – to showcase quilt making as an art form and to honor the creativity of the quilt maker.
The number of contemporary and heirloom quilts on exhibit in the Gym Building has more than doubled over the years, and the event now includes a quilt raffle, a classic car show, a book sale, crafts and craft demonstrations, free carriage rides across the college’s beautiful campus, live music and delicious food.
This year’s beautiful queen-size raffle quilt was pieced and quilted by Lisa Hardesty, and quilted by Chatfield staff member Cheryl Kern, Rosanne Brubaker and Lisa Hardesty. The raffle quilt will be on display in the Gym Building on April 29 and the winning ticket drawn at the close of the show. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. If you can’t make it to the show, raffle tickets can be purchased on line at www.chatfield.weshareonline.org/#.
Free carriage rides throughout Chatfield’s beautiful, rural campus will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., courtesy of First State Bank, and provided by Karen’s Carriage in Goshen, OH.
General admission for the 2017 Car, Craft and Quilt Show is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Chatfield College is located in northern Brown County, Ohio near the intersection of US Route 50 and 68. The address is 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin, Ohio, 45118. For information, visit www.chatfield.edu or contact Pam Spencer at 513-875-3344, ext. 126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.