BY ANDREA SNARR
FARMINGTON – Pieced together with diverse fabrics in geometric patterns, quilts represent warmth, resourcefulness, and love.
A quilt is like pieces of a community coming together to provide warmth and support to someone in need, and that is just what the Women to Women Foundation hopes to accomplish at the Farmington Art and Quilt Show this Saturday, September 6 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Woodland Park; the event is a benefit to provide educational opportunities for single mothers in Utah.
The show will feature more than 150 handmade quilts. Mini-quilts will be raffled off. Along with the artistry of quilting, works of fine art will be exhibited from established artists such as Rebecca Mann, Jan Richins, and Bailey Carter. For those not as interested in art and quilts, organizers have you covered as well with music, a classic car show, and unique Harley Davidson motorcycles on display.
“We love the men in our lives and want them to enjoy the event with us,” says Julie Barfuss, Women to Women Foundation President.
In addition to all the visual contributions, other offerings will satisfy other senses. Local vendors such as The Waffle Wagon, Rickles World’s Best Philly Cheese, and Orange Leaf will provide tasty favorites. A DJ will fill the park with music, and there will also be live entertainment including melodies from the Eskeltones, the folk music duo of Dave and Carla Eskelsen, and the guitar strumming of Whitney Holmes.
The idea for the show was inspired by the quilt show in the quaint town of Sisters, Ore. While the event will be a wonderful way to spend some time in the shade of Woodland Park, the show’s committee wants to emphasize the purpose: creating scholarships to help single mothers improve the lives of their families. The non-profit Women to Women Foundation exists to provide women opportunities in education, mentoring, and growth. According to data from LDS Business College, there is a real need for these opportunities: consider that 28 percent of children now live with one parent, and 90 percent of single parent families are headed by women, who also have the highest poverty rate С making only about 25 percent of what a married couple can earn.
“We are concerned about the many women in our communities that struggle to raise their children in poverty. Women are under such great pressure. Society has discounted motherhood and the value of women in the home and in their communities. We want to empower women through education so that they can better provide for their families and be more involved in their children’s lives. This will not only strengthen their families but will also strengthen our communities,” said Barfuss.
Admission to the event is $5. However, besides attending, there are many ways to support the effort. Anyone can donate mini quilts up until 5 p.m. Friday evening. If you would like to volunteer at the showСwhether for an hour or for the day, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t attend, consider donating money on the Foundation’s Website, www.womentowomenfoundation.org, where 100 percent of donations will go towards scholarships for single mothers. You can learn more by navigating to the Farmington Art and Quilt Show Facebook page.