Mason artist Denny Means' quilt square was added to the barn at Fleckenstein Park in Deerfield Township. The Enquirer/Cara Owsley
The Enquirer’s Paul McKibben recently reported on the new “quilt barn trails” trend in Mason and Warren County.
The Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance has already created one and is working on more, giving road-trippers a second reason to explore the countryside this spring.
Barn quilts trails are quickly catching on across the Midwest. Ohio, Iowa and Kentucky have over 250 in each state, and the grassroots art project continues to spread.
The Florence Woman’s Club started a barn quilt trail project in Boone County in 2006. Today, there are 51 barn quilts in the Northern Kentucky county on the official trail and five more are planned. The barn quilts are throughout the county and a web site was created about the project, boonebarnquilts.com.
“Barn quilts are the most unique public art form in that they celebrate a county’s history. They celebrate a county’s people,” said Meredith Raffel, executive director of the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance. “They celebrate art.”
The arts alliance (then known as the Mason Area Arts Council) unveiled its first barn quilt on the group’s trail last October at Deerfield Township’s Fleckenstein Park.
Mason artist Denny Means painted that quilt and will paint the next one on an existing barn at the Ahimaaz King House and Carriage House at Carter Park in King’s Mills.
The design will be a reflection of something associated with the King family, said Raffel. The Kings, she said, were quilters and made “crazy quilts during the 1800s.”
The unveiling of the King property quilt will happen Aug. 27 before the alliance’s the Powder Keg 5K Trail Race race fundraiser at the mansion.
The first two barn quilts are on public property, but some of the future ones will be on private property, said Raffel. The alliance will be working on a secondary program for people who want a barn quilt but not necessarily on the trail, she added.
Those interested in the Warren County barn quilt project can call the alliance at 513-309-8585 or e-mail email@example.com.
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