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April 11, 2013

Inaugural Art Walk kicks off Saturday in city’s downtown

JACKSONVILLE — An art walk and car show planned this Saturday throughout downtown Jacksonville will focus on different types of artwork, including that based on textiles.

While Anita Johnston's Heart & Home Quilt Shop and Sewing Center will have antique quilts on display, the real fun comes in the form of half-inch-square grid paper set out for children to create their own quilt blocks.

“They'll design blocks either here or at home, then submit them, and then the ladies will put them together into a quilt that we can display here,” she said.

“The ladies” are a group of experienced quilters who meet monthly at the 102 E. Commerce shop to work on a quilt-of-the-month project, who were taken by the idea of taking children's artwork, matching fabric and creating a unique piece.

“We'll turn their little designs into a quilt,” she said, describing how, when she was first invited by a representative from the Jacksonville Area Arts Council to be a host site, that person explain-ed that they were particularly interested “because quilting is a form of art.”

Saturday's Jacksonville Art Walk and Car Show will be from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., with displays at Sadler's and Phoenix Square Deli & Coffee Shop, among other sites. Live music will be featured from 3-6 p.m.

Also that day, the quilt shop will host Deborah Burkett, author of  “Quilts and Their Stories: Binding Generations Together; Journal of a Small Town Quilt Show.”

Meanwhile, Johnston, a retired educator, is excited about the Saturday event.

“I just see a thousand ways to enhance education (through quilting), but I don't always have enough time” with students to show them, she said, adding the event is a good way to pique interest in using textiles as an art form.

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