During an Art Afternoon event at the Geneva Recreation Center, the city’s Community Sample Barn Quilt was dedicated July 23, 2016.
Temperatures in the high 90s kept the dedication ceremony brief and indoors. City Manager Doug Starkey recognized the persistence of Amanda White, the city’s zoning and community development professional, in seeing the huge task through to completion.
The barn quilt, titled “Community Sampler,” is the largest in Ohio at 18-by-18 feet. There are 16 4-by-4-foot barn quilts plus an outside border.
The barn quilts were painted in the Geneva Recreation Center earlier this year by a team of volunteers that included White, members of the Platt R. Spencer Historical Society, Shelly Huff, Nadine Mooneyham, Jenny Cecil and Janice and Mary Jo Tackett.
Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail Founder Kathy McCarty also assisted with painting and served as adviser to the project. Jim and Donna Kujanpaa loaned supplies to the effort assisted with drawing the patterns onto the blocks. Jeff, Rachel and Brandon Scribben of Artistic Woodworks built the blank barn quilts.
Installation took two days and was overseen by Jeff Scribben. Carl Vincent from the city’s streets department and Tom Clay from the fire department assisted Scribben with the installation.
The barn quilt sponsors are: WKKY, Rae Ann, Lakehouse Inn, UH Hospitals, the Platt R. Spencer Society, Pairings, American Electric, Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga, Edward Jones, Pin Oaks Golf Course, Northwest Savings, Crosswinds, Crawford Insurance Agency, Geneva Rotary and the City of Geneva.
The barn quilt and the Art Afternoon event are part of the city’s Sesqui-Centennial Celebration, being held throughout 2016.
On the city’s west side, a mural that was designed in 1997 by the late Jean Marie King, is finally being completed. The project, initially considered too expensive, was tackled in 2007. The uncompleted mural is being finished this summer under the supervision of Gina Monahan, who was on the original mural committee and came back to complete the work.