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The North Star Retreat Center is proud to present the traveling Prince Cherrywood Challenge 2018 traveling exhibit May 10-18, 2019 from 9 am to 6 pm- closed on Sunday! This exhibit can be found at the North Star Retreat Center, 200 Melby Ave., Ashby, MN 56309. It has two galleries - the “Home Tour” and the “Live Tour” which totals an impressive 90 small art quilts. When displayed together, they create a dramatic (jaw-dropping) visual experience that covers 120+ feet. The cohesive color, size, theme and texture of the Cherrywood fabric makes it easy for the viewer to see the entire exhibit as a whole. The excitement of discovering all the details of each little work of art makes this collection unforgettable.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Paisley Park, Prince’s studio, home and now museum, is just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio, making this an obvious choice for the fourth contest.
All entrants started with the same four hand-dyed Cherrywood fabrics (purples and a black) and designed their own original quilts within a 20-inch square. Accent colors had to be Cherrywood as well, but techniques were wide open. A panel of two jurors were enlisted to select the final quilts for the exhibit using a point system. It was an extremely difficult process considering there were over 388 quilts entered, representing 36 US states and 8 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United States)! After the 165 finalists were sent to Cherrywood, three prize winners were chosen as well as a “Cherrywood Choice”, “First Ave Choice” and 2 “Judges Choice”.
Admission to view this one of a kind display is only $5 per person. It is the commitment of the North Star Retreat Center and Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics to bring the art of quilting to rural MN for all to enjoy.
New this year, we will be having a book signing on Friday, May 17th from 1-1:30 by some of the Finalists! The Prince Challenge book is a wonderful collection of all finalists, their artistic inspiration and technique and great photos of their work. Books retail at $28 and are available on site at the North Star Retreat Center.