Celebrating 45 years of collecting images and textiles that represent the community, Creating Community through Quilts & Art showcases a selection of artwork by local artists and quilts from the Lake Wales History Museum‘s permanent collection. The Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday.
Creating Community through Quilts & Art
18 quilts from the 1880s to today, and 17 works of art from Tom Freeman, Beatrice Athanas, and other artists are on display. The act of making quilts, displaying them in the museum, and showcasing local places of Lake Wales in artwork was a traditional way the Lake Wales History Museum connected with the community. Quilting itself was created through quilting bees, or groups of women gathered to make a quilt. Works by local artists of historical places will be paired with the museum’s quilt collection. Equally important to Lake Wales’ sense of community are the paintings by artists that capture local places near and dear to our history.
Lake Wales History Museum
The Lake Wales History Museum permanent historical exhibits are all self-guided, and display artifacts, images and documents. These exhibits explore the natural history of the Lake Wales Ridge beginning with Florida’s native people to the development of Lake Wales’ railroad, industry and residents of the 20th century.
During your visit to Lake Wales, make sure to explore Downtown and visit Bok Tower Gardens.