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Beatrice, NE –Homestead National Monument of America will be displaying 13 art quilts, created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, during December, 2015 at the Homestead Education Center. The exhibition,National Parks in Quilts, will open, December 1, 2015, with a reception on December 6, at 1:00 p.m. The quilts will remain on exhibition through Sunday, December 27, 2015. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. The artists were inspired by their favorite national park site. The quilts are on a year-long tour of the 13 chosen parks. From Homestead the quilts will travel to Joshua Tree National Park, California.
"The National Park system is a gift to all Americans. For one hundred years places of historical significance, structures of great merit and many of the natural wonders of our country have been preserved and protected. The National Park system is a symbol of what it means to be an American. We each felt moved by our chosen park or monument to design a piece of fiber art to represent it. We hope others will enjoy viewing the pieces we have created from our hearts" stated Cynthia Levis of Fiber Works.
Parks on the tour include, in order of exhibition, Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, Joshua Tree National Park in California, Saguaro National Park in Arizona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia, Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, Glacier National Park in Montana, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Everglades National Park in Florida, and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri.
The schedule for this exhibition can be found on the www.nps.gov/home/
"Quilting has long been a mainstay of self-sufficiency;homesteaders had to take advantage of all of their resources. Yet they found ways to make recycled products beautiful. Today quilting isn't as much about recycling, but has grown into an amazing art form, incorporating modern and traditional techniques. Homestead is honored to have inspired one of these creations," said Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015 and the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter(HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and9 a.m. to 5 p.m.on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/