Friday, November 13, 2015

Spice Quilts at Manassas Center for the Arts

We have blogged about our “Along the Spice Route” quilts several times now (see posts from Oct. 4-6), but it is always a thrill to see your work hanging in a new venue.  The exhibit is now at the Manassas Center for the Arts in Manassas, VA until December 17, 2015.   This brightly lit art gallery is located in the charming historic downtown area of Manassas across from the train station.  Apparently it was once a candy factory.  Many small shops and restaurants are located in this approximately 5 block by 5 block area of Manassas with plenty of free parking. 
As this will be the closest this exhibit comes to home, Elizabeth and her husband went to view it on Friday November 6, which for Virginia was an incredibly warm fall evening, perfect for walking the town.  Many people were out and about, dining alfresco and strolling through an open house of art exhibits all over the town.  The organizers could not have asked for a nicer evening for their biannual art walk event.

After taking in a good number of the art walk stops, we stopped at a Cajun restaurant called Okra’s Cajun Creole and had a delicious dinner of Shrimp PoBoy (Bob) and Shrimp and Grits (Elizabeth).  We would definitely return to eat there again.
If you are near Manassas, be sure to stop at the Center for the Arts to see the "Along the Spice Route" quilts.  At each venue a display looks different; the backgrounds they are hanging against is different, the lighting is different, the ‘vibe’ of the venue is different.  It is fascinating to see how the space changes the feel of the exhibit.  Luckily, the Virginia Consortium of Quilters is meeting in Manassas this weekend so many of Sue and Elizabeth’s Virginia based friends will get the chance to see this exhibit soon.

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