BY LENNIE BENNETT
Times Art Critic
The Dunedin Fine Art Center is mixing things up a bit for its annual summer quilt show.
For years, the center brought in the winners in the "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" competition sponsored by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky. They were innovative in taking a familiar pattern such as the Sawtooth or Feathered Star and giving them a freer interpretation, but they still hewed to the traditional craftmanship of quilt-making.
This year, the center welcomes Quilt National, a juried annual show, which opens Friday, organized by the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. It's a more free-ranging group of 25 quilts with the focus on technical innovation and new materials. The examples I previewed seem to have in common a painterly quality.
"They press the envelope of what we now term art quilts," said Ken Hannon, associate executive director of the center.
IQ Quilters, a Tampa Bay area quilting guild, will exhibit its work based on interpretations of art masterpieces.
Also new this year is a third show of 18 quilts by Betty Busby, who takes her inspiration from microscopic organisms.
Busby will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. Friday and conduct a two day-workshop on multimedia quilting on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the lecture is $8 and the workshop is $295.
Joe Cunningham, professional quilter, author and musician, comes to the center for a performance on June 28 in which he takes on the persona of Joseph Hedley who lived in England from 1750 to 1830 and was known as Joe the Quilter. The first Joe became an inspiration to the second Joe, who took up quilting more than 30 years ago.
He sings his way through the performance and includes quilts in the storytelling. Tickets are $15. Cunningham will also host a one-day workshop, "Rock the Block, Block Style" on June 29, which costs $105. Price for a ticket to all events is $325, a savings of $98.
For more information, go to dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8293.