A new exhibit, Squares without Stitches, is now on display at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center (210 NW 12th Avenue in Ocala).
The art exhibit will be on display through January 12, 2023, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Each year, the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hosts the annual Festival at Fort King at the Fort King National Historic Landmark over a period of two days. This family-friendly event features historic-themed crafts, games, workshops, activities, historians in period dress, and vendors.
During last year’s festival, the City of Ocala’s Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth featuring floral printmaking and calligraphy lessons by the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. While waiting for their hand-lettering pieces to dry before adding flower embellishments, attendees were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a six-foot by nine-foot canvas using fabric markers.
Participants used nature-inspired stencils to fill the fabric with a grid of colors. Everyone who visits the new art exhibit will be able to explore all the marks that are embedded within this community quilt, from detail-oriented applications to approaches that go “outside the lines.”
According to the City of Ocala, the community quilt was inspired by 1800s period quilting.