The Arts Center at Duck Creek will hold its second annual Airing of Quilts on Saturday, April 20 (Rain date: Sunday, April 21). This all-day community event is organized by artists Louise Eastman and Erica-Lynn Huberty, and is expected to be a joyous celebration of community, creativity, and the arrival of spring.

The Airing of the Quilts is a cherished spring Appalachian tradition marking the transition from winter to spring, which has been taken up by textile artists in the 21st Century. Quilt-making, an age-old practice, fosters creativity, storytelling, and community connection across generations.

This year, the festival will feature a bedspread made by Stella Mae McClure Pollock, crafted from Jackson Pollock’s clothing, courtesy of the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center. Duck Creek will also display a quilt by one of Gee’s Bend’s renowned quilters, Leola Pettway, generously loaned from the collection of Lyn and E.T. Williams Jr. of Sag Harbor. Preservation Long Island will also bring a community quilt made for their exhibition Democracy Now, and local historic quilts from The East Hampton Historical Farm Museum will be showcased.

Community members are also asked to participate. Bring your quilt between 9 and 11 a.m. and retrieve it by 5 p.m. If possible, stay nearby while your treasured quilt is displayed. All quilts must be tagged with the exhibitor’s name, phone number, and email.

The Bridgehampton School Marimba Ensemble will also perform from Noon to 1 p.m.

Air Your Grievances

In conjunction with the event, Duck Creek will be holding “Air Your Grievances: An Earth Day Project.” Contribute to a Community Quilt by bringing an 8-1/2 inch square piece of fabric that expresses your thoughts on how to protect the Earth, through collage, drawing, painting, quilting, or embroidery. The organizers will showcase your quilt squares at the event, or you can make one onsite, They will all be integrated into a community quilt that will be displayed on Earth Day in 2025.

The Arts Center at Duck Creek is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing diverse artistic expressions and fostering community engagement. All of its programming is always free and open to all.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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