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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nashville Quilt Exhibition Details

Nashville Antiques Shows to Feature Special Exhibition of Ohio Amish Quilts- February 11-13, 2010

Nashville, TN- The Tailgate Antique Show and Antiques at Music Valley are proud to announce an important exhibition of Ohio Amish Quilts from the collection of Darwin D. Bearley. The collection has been assembled over a period of thirty years, and consists of over 150 quilts exclusively made by the Amish communities of Ohio from 1880-1940 including Crib Quilts, Lounge Quilts, Doll Quilts plus full size examples. A selection of over 20 quilts from the collection will be on display at the shows. Don’t miss this opportunity to view an important contribution to the material cultural heritage of the Ohio Amish communities.

The collection has been exhibited in institutions in the United States & Europe including:
The Annual International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas, The Bodensee Quilt Festival, Radolfzell, Germany, Quilt Expo, Lyon, France, the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA.; Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio; the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio; Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; The Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio; The National Quilt Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio.

A limited edition exhibition catalog entitled, “Antique Ohio Amish Quilts, the Darwin D. Bearley Collection”, was published by Bernina Sewing Machine Company of Zurich, Switzerland to accompany the European exhibitions. This hard cover book contains 160 pages and shows 138 Antique Ohio Amish Quilts in full color. The photography and color are unsurpassed in any quilt book and the text is printed in English, French and German. The book is not available in bookstores but a limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the show.

Exhibition admission is free to patrons of the Tailgate Antique Show & Antiques at Music Valley. Both shows will be held February 11-13, 2010 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. For further information, visit or

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