Hill City quilt show guest artist

Marilyn Hoelscher of Hill City is the featured artist at this year's Hill City Quilt Show & Sale being held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Hill City. Hoelscher has won numerous awards for her quilts. 

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HILL CITY, SD | More than 200 original quilts will be on display at the Hill City Quilt Show & Sale, this weekend.

Hosted by the Hill City Arts Council, the show runs from from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, in Gins Gym of the Hill City Schools, 488 Main St.

There will be quilts in seven categories ranging from bed quilts to wearable art. The show and sale will feature creations by award-winning featured artist Marilyn Hoelscher of Hill City,

The show also will feature 17 vendors, various demonstrations, and a project for kids. Admission is $5 (free for 18 and under), and parking in Hill City is free.

In conjunction with the Quilt Show, Xi Alpha Chi will host an old fashioned Bed-Turning Show & Supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Hill City Senior Center.

Open to the public, people are invited to bring a quilt to add to the bed. As each layer is removed, the quilt owner will share the story of the quilt. Information should be recorded on an index card. Every quilt entered will add your entry to a drawing.

Tickets for the Bed-Turning are $20. Reservations are required, and payment must be made in advance to hold the reservation. Contact Sheila at 605-209-0251 or Kay at 605-574-2937. If space is available, tickets will be available at the door.

The Quilt Show will also feature a free screening of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting documentary “Patchwork on the Prairie: Quilts of South Dakota” at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Hill City High School Auditorium, sponsored by The Center for Western Studies, Dutch Rose Quilt Shop, The Sewing Center, Fabric City, Black Hills Quilters Guild, and the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.’

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A scavenger hunt will be held both days of the show. Hunters who locate a red pin cushion at each participating Hill City merchant will be eligible for win a prize basket of items contributed by the merchants. Prize drawings will take place at 3:30 p.m. both days. Scavenger hunt playing cards, instructions, and a map of participating merchants will be available at the show.

Art teacher and Hill City Arts Council board member Gina Kassube will lead kids in the creation of an altered penny quilt — a quilt of uniquely designed roundish elements that are loosely sewn together — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Kids can come any time during that period to create their element, and parents should plan on at least 15 minutes for the process.

The Hill City Quilt Show is made possible, in part, by a grant from Stanford M. Adelstein and Lynda Clark Adelstein through the Allied Arts fund, and support from more than 40 local and regional businesses. For a full list of sponsors, go to hillcityarts.org/hill-city-quilt-show.html.

Since 2001 the Hill City Arts Council, a non-profit organization, has promoted the arts and the creative economy in Hill City with fine art, literature, music, and design programs for area residents and visitors from around the world. The arts council has purchased monumental artworks for the town’s Main Street. “Patriarch,” a bronze bison by Peg Detmers and “Iron Star,” a hybrid metal horse sculpture by John Lopez – “the most photographed horse in South Dakota” -- celebrate our Black Hills heritage.

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