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Jacksonville quilter’s chosen to be exhibited at national museum

The artwork of Geannine Ott of Jacksonville is on display in a new exhibit at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.

Ott’s work, jury-chosen from among hundreds of submissions, “is the best-of-the-best and in the grand tradition of American artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe,” said Frank Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of NQM,the world’s largest and most prestigious museum devoted to quilts and fiber art. Ott is the only artist from Arkansas represented.

The new exhibit, “Quilts of the South Central U.S.,” opened Jan. 17 and will run through April 2. It consists of 13 quilts from as many artists residing in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.

The quilt, titled, “Four & Twenty Blackbirds,” was created by Ott,of the Little Rock Arkansas Quilters Guild and quilted by Marcella Pickett of the Logan County Piecemakers Quilters Guild, of Paris.

“I love small traditional blocks, folk-art designs, and applique so I wanted to incorporate these elements in designing the quilt. Over 100 berries, yards of tiny bias, 24 birds and lots of leaves surround the blocks. I finished off with a few borders to frame the design,” Ott said.

The Ott quilt will be seen by a good portion of the 40,000 art-lovers from all 50 States and 45 foreign countries who visit the museum annually.

Jefferson St.,in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky. For further information:; phone (270) 442-8856.

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