Those visiting the Shafer Art Gallery last Sunday could walk in a winter wonderland, yet stay completely protected from the harsh elements of the Kansas cold season at the “Big Holiday Show – Holiday Open House” reception.
The “Big Holiday Show” showcased the “Festival of Trees” exhibit featuring Christmas trees decorated by area school children, “Toys of the Past” classic toy display, holiday music, model trains and a model Christmas village. The St. Justa Ceramics Guild had items for sale. Santa Claus was also on hand with treats and treasures for the kids.
The Gallery’s award winning quilts exhibit, “New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Jacob’s Ladder,” sponsored by the National Quilt Museum, is on display.
Quilters from 10 U.S. states and three countries modified “Jacob’s Ladder” block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques and creativity of today’s quilt makers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America Incorporated.
Gallery Director Dave Barnes said the combination of all the exhibits makes the “Big Holiday Show” an event that offers a variety of experiences.
“The current exhibit of award-winning quilts now on display at the Shafer Gallery is a rare opportunity for our community,” he said. “The renowned show features the 18 finalists of an international quilt design competition sponsored by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky. Combine that with the “Holiday Open House,” which features carefully decorated Christmas trees, music by roots musicians Wayne and Artheta Long, a catered buffet, Santa and more ... well — you have quite a party.”
Barnes said the exhibit is perfect for families.
“The entire affair is designed to engage every member of the family on some level,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place to bring family and friends who will be visiting during the holidays and just a great way to get the season started. It’s really our opportunity to interact with the community, and I love the way so many different parts of our community come together to celebrate Christmas at the Shafer.”
Admission is free. The exhibit will be available through Dec. 14. The Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays.