RANDOLPH, Vt.—Four generations of Vermonters came together to create a ceramic “Legacy Quilt” on display through Sept. 7 in the Gifford Gallery at Gifford Medical Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The quilt is part of the Legacy Arts Program presented by the Arts Bus and “is inspired by the lives of Vermont children’s parents, grandparents and great-grandparents,” said Guinevere Albert, executive director of the Arts Bus. “We engage in intergenerational learning organically grown in Vermont, partnering with a local, seasoned craftsperson whose knowledge and expertise is valued. Together, we connect hands across time to transfer wealth in artistry.”
Quilt tiles were handmade in group art classes with residents of Joslyn House and children at Robin’s Nest, Gifford’s on-site daycare, under the guidance of Stephanie Tyler Montgomery of Third Branch Pottery Supply. Participants made “fabric” of clay, colored and cut it into traditional quilt patterns, reassembled and glazed nearly 200 pieces, then mounted the quilt squares onto antique and classic bed headboards.
To further tell the story, photographs taken by Albert throughout the legacy project’s development are included in the exhibit.
The Legacy Arts Program is funded by grants from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Life Group Foundation, with the generous support of more than 36 families who donated legacy gifts to Tony Keller, co-founder of the Arts Bus. For more information about the Arts Bus, visit artsbusvt.org or email email@example.com.
The Gifford Gallery is located just inside the hospital’s main entrance at 44 S. Main St., Route 12, in Randolph. For more information, call 802-728-2380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.