Two quilt exhibitions coming to the Fresno Art Center are important
enough that quilt Fanciers–or anyone interest in folk art–may want to
make plans to visit. From March 28 through May 19 is an exhibition by
the nationally known fiber artist Jean Ray Laury. A dozen of
Laury’s contemporary quilts, ranging from poster size to 10-foot
squares, will fill the main lobby of the newly refurbished art center.
From April 13 through May 19, you can see the only Western showing
of “Kentucky Quilts 1800–1900.” The 24-quilt exhibit,
assembled by the Kentucky Quilt Project and sponsored by the Smithsonian
Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service, features works chosen
by curators who traveled the state to find the best quilts produced in
the 19th century. These are the survivors, those quilts not “used
up.” Some are pieced, others show fine applique work.
Open from 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Sundays, the Fresno Art Center
is at 2233 N. First Street. Admission is $2 (free on Saturdays), free
for children under 16. Free Saturday tours are given at 2 and 3.