“Expressions of Nature:
Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild
Opening May 6th at the Kings County Museum in Kentville.
Since the establishment of the Guild in 2002 the 50 members of the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild has welcomed quilters of all ages and all skill sets. Monthly meetings provide the opportunity to learn new techniques, gain inspiration, and strengthen friendships through the shared love of quilting. The group holds workshops, brings in guest speakers, take part in retreats and community outreach projects and enjoy displaying their work in exhibits such as this one.
This summer the museum has planted a pollinator garden on the grounds of the site. In keeping with this idea, the Town and Country Quilters’ Guild have contributed works, which reflects themes of nature including florals and the bright bursting colour range of an Annapolis Valley spring and summer. We encourage you to visit their work and see what inspires you to begin on your own sewing journey of discovery!
“Gibson Woods: A Testimony to Resilience”
This exhibit curated by Kate MacInnes Adams. In the 1970’s a newly married Kate MacInnes Adams moved into her first house, which just
happened to be the former home of Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson; thus began a story that continues until this day and provided the idea for this exhibit. “Miss Ethel”, as Kate refers to her with great respect, left a few mementos in her former home such as her iron, silverware tray, and the kitchen cabinets which she made by hand, these touching reminders have found their way into this exhibit.
Any exhibit is a collaboration and to this point special thanks is extended to Aileen
Johnston, cousin of Ethel Gibson, who was kind enough to share stories and artifacts from
Ethel Gibson’s life. Garnet Meisner, a local genealogist and historian, has provided countless hours of research and time in helping unearth the facts that provide the basis for the maps and genealogy shared in this exhibit. Anna Osburn contributed the digital copies of A. F. Church Maps, which has provided the geographical basis for telling this story. The staff of the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth have provided exhibit panels that will be showed from August 22 to September 19th. Summer student Ellen Lewis has provided a steady hand in crafting labels and helping breath life into the story.
Before Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson passed away at the venerable age of 103, Kate had the
opportunity to meet her, albeit very briefly, at a community reunion in Gibson Woods.
How appropriate that a community reunion afforded the opportunity for these to spirits to
connect… women who in their own time and own way have both respected the tangible
aspects of community, and perhaps more importantly the intangible connections woven through love of place and family. For Kate, this journey into the life and times of
“Mrs. Ethel” has been a truly personal one and this is reflected in this touching exhibit to
the life of Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson and the community that was her home for much of her long and resilient life.