Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Maclay Visual Arts Participates in The Big Bend Quilt Trail with Gadsden Art Center and Museum along with Goodwood Museum and Gardens

Have you ever been to the Gadsden Museum in Quincy? Are you wondering how Maclay developed a relationship with them? Easy. We went on an art teacher field trip in the summer. We struck up a friendship with a common theme... teaching kids all about art and the rest is history.

Let me unpack this for you all. For several years the museum has been invited to our Celebration of the Arts. What is the Celebration of the Arts? See  the links below.

We decided to take a field trip last year with kids to learn about Norman Rockwell.

Well, crazy enough a little later in the year we get an email from Grace about participating in The Big Bend Quilt Trail. 

We followed the detailed directions sent to us by Gadsden Museum.

Spoke with Goodwood Museum and Gardens. They were super sweet and allowed us to display on their grounds. 

When we walked up and saw this QUILT - it was an amazing thing to see 

Look at those colors!

Cathy and I are adding the final laminated details to the piece.

 For more information on The Big Bend Quilt Trail see the link below:

This project was very well planned and thought out by Gadsden Museum! We are waiting to hear what else they send our way for us to participate in as we have grown so much by sharing this partnership!

Check out more details with some of the screenshots of specific information on the project.

A Community Art Project

The Big Bend Quilt Trail is a public art project initiated and orchestrated by the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum in 2019 to install large wooden quilt block murals throughout Gadsden and Leon counties. Designed and created by various local businesses, museums, and individuals, each mural will be its own unique installation. Gadsden Arts extends a heartfelt thank you to all of our Big Bend Quilt Trail partners for their enthusiastic collaboration that made the project possible!

This site provides an online interactive map of the quilt block murals for visitors to scout and travel to the numerous mural sites. View the map below and click on the locations to view a quick look. Click on the "Info and; Directions" button to learn more about the quilt block and how to get there.

The Maclay School COTA Class (Community Outreach Through The Arts) decided to take the lead and get involved with this community project.  The other Visual Arts Teachers and classes were available for consult and details.


Artist: Maclay Visual Arts Department, Maclay School (Kim Daniel, Cathy Hicks, Kyle Maurey, Kaitlyn Dressel)

Sponsor: Maclay Visual Arts Department, Maclay School
Exact location: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Quilt Pattern: Crazy
Description: When researching for potential quilt patterns for this project, we were intrinsically drawn to the Crazy quilt pattern. It historically has an evolving free form styled design. Crazy Quilting takes its name from pottery, where "crazed" glazing occurs on a fired piece of pottery as it is scattered randomly over the pot's surface. This is something that art teachers are very familiar with when teaching students about the different methods of firing pottery. We chose this color scheme as it uniquely ties to our Maclay Marauder Moment, #truebluemaclay. At Maclay School, it essentially means one who takes pride in, an upholds, the traditions of being a Maclay Marauder student. We also believe the different colors represent the individuality of each of our Visual Art students. When taking on this project, we were excited to share a little bit of Maclay with our community. If you would like to learn more, we have an active social media on Instagram and Twitter, @MaclayFineArts. Come join us and see how we offer many diverse opportunities for creative development and expression of our student talent.
Address (click for directions): 1600 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Are you thinking did this project get started??? See the original email below:
Hello Everyone!

We are finally on our countdown to launching the Big Bend Quilt Trail, a public art project stretching from Chattahoochee to Tallahassee, and hope you will be a part of it! 

To recap, the Big Bend Quilt Trail is an interpretive trail of quilt block design murals displayed in public places. They are simply made of plywood, 4' x 4' (half sheet) or 8' x 8' (2 sheets) and house paint. They are easy to do, fun to paint, a great group project, and look great! You will find detailed information attached about the Quilt Trail and how to produce your mural. Note, quilt block designs included in the packet are taken from quilts produced in our region.

Gadsden Arts is facilitating this as a collaborative, regional public art project. It is educational, will drive tourism, and celebrates this beloved art form in our region. For us, it will also promote our "Southern Quilting from 1830s to Today" exhibition that opens in September. For EVERY PARTNER, the neat thing about this project is that each can use this as a tie-in to your own quilt themed projects - and many partners are making plans to do that.

Each quilt block mural can be installed outdoors or indoors, as long as it is accessible to the public. Each will be listed on our online Big Bend Quilt Trail page, which will present each mural with interpretive information about the mural sponsor and your design and a Google Map link to locate it.

To participate, you will simply design and paint your mural, install it, and send a picture of the mural with required information to Angie Barry at Please plan to keep your quilt mural up through December 31, 2019, and notify us if you take it down. We hope to do an annual inventory of quilt themed murals so that this project can have a long-term presence.

Promotion: We also ask ALL PARTNERS to PROMOTE the Big Bend Quilt Trail through all of your marketing channels. We will send the online link to the online page, along with quiltmural photographs, once the page is produced. Visit Tallahassee also expressed interest in promoting this - I will follow up with Kerri. All materials will be web-based (for use on smart phones, tablets, computers, etc.) - marketing via social media, your own websites, email newsletters, etc. will be very effective. We will not have print pieces, other than newspaper articles.

ASAP: As soon as you decide to participate, email simply letting her know you intend to be a part of this project.
July 15 - Complete your quilt block mural.
July 31 - deadline to send complete mural information and picture to
August - pre-opening promotion of the Quilt Trail (coming soon!) by all partners
September 2 (Labor Day) - Launch Day online!
Ongoing - promotion of the quilt trail, partners’ quilt themed projects
December 31 - earliest date to take murals down - we hope most will remain up in the very long term.

Participation Incentive: we would like to offer an incentive for the public to tour and view as many of these as possible - once we know how many quilt trail murals we will have, I will reach out with ideas (i.e. send your selfie on the Big Bend Quilt Trail and earn 2:1 admission; or send selfies with 10 quilt murals and earn a GACM mug - all ideas welcome!)

Long Term: we hope the Big Bend Quilt Trail will be a long-term asset that can be maintained and expanded, for all participants’ benefit and use with your own projects. Maintenance would include an annual inventory of existing quilt trail murals, and an annual effort to distribute information to attract new participants. Please share this email and the attached packet at will.

Questions? Call Angie Barry, Curator 850.627.5021

We look forward to seeing everyone's quilt trail murals!!

Kindest Regards,
These were the attachments in the email:

Check out COCA for more details: 

Grace Robinson: An introduction to the Southern Quilting Project, featuring the From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting 1830s to Today exhibition, and the Big Bend Quilt Trail, a public mural project, both celebrating two centuries of the art and tradition of quilting in our region.

Thanks to all who helped us along the way with this project. It truly was a #allhandsin kind of collaborative project. Thanks again, Grace! We sure do appreciate you.

Y'all know we always choose a song to go along with our post. I don't know why. It is just how we roll. We like art. We like music. I was drawn to this one. I guess it is that good ole' UGA artsy vibe. I do believe Athens, GA is one of the best college towns around. REM always had that Hippie Towny Vibe. Their videos and album covers were groovey. Take a listen.

I can see me laying on a quilt at an outside concert  listening to this band play all night!

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