The big buzzword for lifestyle shows is now "aspirational." Meaning, you don't see microwave ovens or canned soups on the sets of Food Network. It's DIY the Martha Stewart way.
For years, the Dunedin Art Center has been ahead of that trend with "New Quilts From an Old Favorite," an annual exhibition of award-winning quilts from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky., which opens Friday.
These are truly aspirational, created by craft masters from around the country. Each year, the museum selects a traditional pattern and quilters interpret it in a modern way. This year's pattern was the 19th century "Sunflower." The museum sends the winners and finalists on the road and one of the stops is always the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
Sunflower Sutra by Marion Perrault and Helena Scheffer, shown, won fifth place in the competition, so you see the level of the quilting field.
Even Martha Stewart would be impressed.
Another quilt show by IQ Quilters, a local guild, is also on display.
"Quilts From an Old Favorite 2010: Sunflower" will continue through Aug. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors and students and $3 children under 12. (727) 298-3322; dfac.org.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic