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LINDSBORG— The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery will host a first-person dramatic narrative of the celebrated Emporia quilter Rose Kretsinger by Deborah Divine on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 2 p.m. Divine’s presentation, “A Rose by Any Other Name” complements the Sandzén Gallery’s current exhibition, “Quilters and Weavers and Hookers, Oh My! Textiles from the Tim Johnson Collection,” a selection of antique quilts, woven coverlets, and hooked rugs.
Kansas native Rose Good Kretsinger (1886-1963) was a 1985 inductee of the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, on the strength of her complex quilt designs and the influence of her book, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, co-authored with Carrie Hall in 1935. Kretsinger had earned a design degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1908, going on to create wearable jewelry. The artist began designing her own quilts inspired by antique patterns after she married and moved to Emporia in 1914. Earning national recognition for her unique combinations of traditional elements with bold, modern twists, Kretsinger was invited to exhibit her quilts in a solo show at the Kansas City Art Institute in the early 1930s. In 1971, Rose’s daughter, Mary Kretsinger, donated twelve of the family quilts to the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, where quilters continue to be inspired by the beautiful designs.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the lecture. For further information, please call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email sandzengallery@gmail.com.