Monday, October 27, 2008

Libraries and needlework

As you can see, last week was a great time to visit West Virginia.  This is the view from my hotel room - don't ask me to spell the name of the river - but it was flowing through Morgantown and starts with M.
This is the view from the new medical library.  The library was really great as well.  I had a bad case of library envy.  I did not expect to encounter any needlearts on the trip, but this amazing set of quilted panels was hung in the medical science building. 
Of course, being a librarian, I had to ask for information so I could tell you about it properly.
Here is what the plaque says:
"A quilt of mountain colors created by Sally Rowe, Cottageville, West Virginia, for The Health Science Center at West Virginia University to celebrate Research, Education, Health Care and Service to West Virginia, 2007"
It was commissioned for the space - a large two story atrium and the panels must be at least 8 feet high.  And the pieces that make up the quilt are small so it was an labour of love for sure.  There is lots of lovely natural light which highlights the beauty of the quilt.  The door to the library is opposite the piece, so you see it every time you leave the library.  Lucky people.


Jane said...

Art is everywhere, isn't it? And so cool when you run across it in strange places. I think that the river you speak of is the Monogahelah. My family lives south of Morgantown in Fairmont

Margaret said...

Thanks Jane,
My SIL lives in Grafton and told me how to say the name, but there was no way I could spell it - Thanks for letting me know.
The most amazing thing about this piece was, when I pointed it out to people, most thought it was a mosaic at first and then had to take a closer look to see it was a quilt.

Anonymous said...

what a lovely quilt to have hanging in a library. i like libraries....and quilts - its a great combo!

jdthmllr said...

"M" is for the Monongahela River...joins with the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio.