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Folk School: Painted Quilts

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


(We will have overhead protection in case of rain, but please dress for the weather.)

Create a vibrant custom-painted quilt block intended for exterior installation with artist Somer Hahm, founder of the Far North Quilt Trail Project. All materials and supplies will be provided along with step-by-step instructions, hands on assistance, tips on color design, tricks with technique, and information on where to source materials for future projects. Blocks will be 24” x 24” square. Once completed and installed, you can register your quilt block with the Far North Quilt Trail and become a part of a community wide art project!

Painted QuiltsThe Far North Quilt Trail (est. 2019), Alaska’s first barn quilt trail, has established accessible site-specific artworks that have ultimately shaped and changed the visual landscape of our community. A new American Folk Art movement, these geometric paintings of quilt block designs placed on the sides of barns and other buildings are now found nationwide. A self-guided touring trail of public art, the quilt trail has positively impacted our areas by bringing attention to significant architecture, honoring familial heritage, and generating commerce by ushering in tourism. Since its inception in 2019, forty-five quilts have been added to the trail stretching statewide, from Fairbanks to Ketchikan, with twenty-nine of those quilts painted by community members. The great strength and value of this project is its accessible nature. Whereas some public art is commissioned and can be made of expensive materials, this project has community engagement at its center where the designs, materials, locations, and most importantly – the intentions circle around inclusivity.


June 8
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Folk School
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