“Covid Collection” quilt show opens on Tuesday at Beaverlodge Art and Cultural Centre

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Through the artistic basics of colour and creativity, the quilt show west of town is sure to help erase the remains of the late winter blues.

Starting Tuesday, the Beaverlodge Art and Cultural Centre will feature the “Covid Collection” quilt show.

No doubt, the show’s title is a play on words—a subtle poke at the continuing coronavirus—but also an allowance to the maxim that creativity continues to survive through challenging circumstances.

At the very least, attending the event is a chance to forget about the ongoing pandemic, the solo-sewn quilts bringing light, colour and creativity back into the colour-challenged landscape of northern Alberta in March and April.

“(There’s) a marvelous collection of vibrant, never-before-seen quilts ready to be unveiled,” BACS executive director Cathrine Gabriel said about the 28th annual quilt show.“When the quilted creations are hung throughout the entire main floor of the building, the centre blossoms into a riot of colours and patterns sure to dispel the last of the bleak days of winter. It continues to be one of the centre’s most anticipated and well-attended exhibits of the year.”

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The executive director noted the exhibit is more than just passing through in look-only mode, while admiring the attention to detail.

There are a number of items on sale for someone looking for home-based accessories, or, perhaps, purchasing something as a gift.

“The quilters have been generous in donating smaller hand-sewn items for a pop-up sale for the duration of the exhibit,” Gabriel said, while noting men are also presenting artistic wares at the show. “Visitors can take home place mats, table runners, over mitts, pot holders, pillow covers, decorative and seasonal items and more.”

Gabriel has noted on previous occasions another part of her job as executive director is to promote local artisans in the Peace Region. But she also wants to support the businesses who are affiliated or associated with the BACS in one form or another.

“Those who travel to see the quilt show, most often, also visit Around the Block, Beaverlodge’s highly-regarded and well-stocked quilt shop,” Gabriel said. “Step through the doors and be met by a dazzling array of creativity on every wall. We always encouraged visitors to BACS to make a visit to Around the Block during the quilt show as well, as they send patrons our way.”

The quilt show runs from March 30 to April 22 and is by appointment only. For more information, or to book a personalized viewing time, call the BACS at (780) 354-3600 or email bacs@telus.net. Admission is free.

“Patrons who usually flood the BACS building to see the quilts on parade will have to make viewing appointments this year to ensure social distancing,” Gabriel said. “It’s akin to having the privilege of a personal tour for you and your cohort of a vast private collection of priceless art. They truly are priceless, as the majority of quilts are not for sale. Many stay in families and are handed down as precious heirlooms.”

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