Reminisce with memories of your favorite family traditions and discover how others celebrate this special time of year with two new exhibits opening Friday, Nov. 23 at the Clay Center. Reminisce with memories of your favorite family traditions and discover how others celebrate this special time of year with two new exhibits opening Friday, Nov. 23 at the Clay Center.
“Traditions: A Celebration of Heritage” – See whimsically designed and decorated trees and original works by emerging W. Va. artists in this ever-changing annual display. This year, enjoy the customs and artifacts that define the season with an exhibit commemorating holiday traditions.
“WV Contemporary Quilt Invitational” Organized by the Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild – Admire the craftsmanship and amazing detail of award-winning quilts from around the Mountain State in this never-before-exhibited collection of personal art and history.
Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said the already-scheduled quilt display helped inspire the theme for this year’s holiday exhibit.
“Quilting has been a popular art form in this area for generations. Quilts often represent family traditions, and they are passed down as family heirlooms,” she said. “We wanted to extend that theme to our holiday exhibit, so we decided to celebrate the common and unusual things that make this season special to different people.”
The exhibits open on the same day as Holly Day, the Clay Center’s annual family holiday celebration, taking place from noon to 4 p.m.
“Traditions” will be open through Dec. 30. “WV Contemporary Quilt Invitational” will be joined by another display of beautiful artistry when “American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870 – 1940” opens on Dec. 21. Both quilt exhibits will remain on display through March 30.
Museum gallery admission is free for museum members or just $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. For more information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.