June 20 to July 26
“Quilts with a Kick” features more than a dozen art quilts by the Quilt Artists of Kentucky. The quilts in the exhibit are products of two different quilt “challenges” organized by the Quilt Artists of Kentucky, which was formed in 2003 as an auxiliary of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society with a goal of supporting and exhibiting innovative quilters in the region.
When creating work for a quilt challenge, the participating quilters all agree to follow an established set of guidelines for their work. In the case of the “Mandalas Exploded” challenge, featured in the exhibit, all quilts had to be 32” square and feature designs that explored the theme. A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms. Mandalas can contain both geometric and organic forms: circles, squares, triangles, rhomboids, pentagons, leaves, flowers, birds, etc. For their submissions, quilters created complex abstract designs in a circular form and “exploded” them into secondary circular designs. The result is a dazzling array of colors and patterns.