Upcoming venue: The Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa ~ August 11 – October 28, 2017

Deeply Rooted
artwork- top left: Roslyn DeBoer; l-r: Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson; Stephanie Nordlin; Astrid Hilger Bennett; Janet S Pittman; Jean Sredl; Linda Nelson-Johnson; Pat Bishop.

The exhibit “Deeply Rooted” explores the meaning of connection.

The taproot of the Compass Plant, a Midwest prairie native, grows 20 feet deep into the soil. In 1837 John Deere developed a steel plow that was well-suited for cutting through the prairie soil. As the prairie was uprooted, settlers put down their own roots.

What does it mean to be deeply rooted, to be uprooted and to put down one’s roots again? What nourishes us in good times and bad? How do we find strength after the storms of life have left? How does our connection to nature, community and spirituality support us?

The artists – all of whom who are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin – have interpreted the theme in both abstract and realistic ways.

We hope you enjoy the exhibit.

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