There is an public opening reception for the exhibit tomorrow, Saturday, November 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Lefferts Historic House.
Quilters Dream in Color
The Prospect Park Annual Quilt Exhibit
November 3 - 27 at the Lefferts Historic House
and Dec. 3 - Jan. 1 at the Prospect Park Audubon Center
Brooklyn, N.Y - The Prospect Park Annual Quilt Exhibit celebrates the art of quiltmaking, a tradition and skill that continues to be passed down to new generations. Brooklyn quilters will show off their diverse styles, techniques, and patterns at the Lefferts Historic House during the month of November and then at the Prospect Park Audubon Center from December 1 through January 1.
The exhibit features works by 20 Brooklyn Quilters brought together under the theme ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œQuilters Dream in Color.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The curators of the Exhibit are Maria Cobo, Director of the Lefferts Historic House and Kirsten Fisher and Bonita Wetmore Frank of the Brooklyn Quilters Guild.
Images and sources of inspiration for the works range from delicate butterflies to the emotional intensity of 9/11. Many of the quilts showcase innovative uses of materials, such as one made from fabric samples of the celebrated Gates installation in Central Park. The power of quilting as a collective experience is also demonstrated in a quilt made by the parents of a pre-school class for their teacher. The subject and design of each square was carefully chosen by each student, and then lovingly pieced together by the class parents.
To introduce the art and joy of quilting to a new generation, there will be free quilt-making workshops for children at the Lefferts Historic House at 2 and 3 p.m. Thursdays thru Sundays from now until November 27.
Lefferts Historic House is an 18th century farmhouse built by a Dutch family in the farming village of Flatbush. Lefferts interprets the history of BrooklynÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s environment from pre-Colonial times until the present using its working garden and historic artifacts and documents, as well as period rooms and exhibits. Schools and other groups can arrange for visits, where an educator will guide participants through planned activities for all ages.
For information on the Lefferts Historic House, call (718) 789-2822.
Upcoming at Lefferts is the annual Winter on a Flatbush Farm festival, the weekend of November 25-27, from 1- 4 p.m. Kids learn how to make candles, start a patchwork quilt, and prepare old-fashioned food. Visit with the Spinster as she spins flax into thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made from an 18th century Lefferts family recipe. ThereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s even a special appearance by St. Nicholas on horseback each day at 3 p.m.! Free.
Lefferts Historic House is located at the ChildrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Corner, just inside the Willink entrance to the Park, at Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard. Trains: Q, S or B to Prospect Park Station. Buses: B-12, B-16, B-41, B-43 or B-48.
For the Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter the Park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue and follow the directional arrows. Trains: Q, S or B to Prospect Park Station. Buses: B-12, B-16, B-41, B-43 or B-48.
The Prospect Park Alliance, in partnership with the City of New York and the community, restores, develops, and operates the Park for the enjoyment of all New Yorkers. The Alliance is dedicated to serving visitors through its facilities and programs, caring for the Park's natural environment, and
preserving its historic design. Prospect ParkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 585 acres of meadows, waterfalls, forest, lakes,
and athletic facilities comprise a masterwork of urban green space.
For general information on Prospect Park, call the Park Hotline at (718) 965-8999
or visit http://www.prospectpark.org