The Teacher in Me quilt exhibit will be on display in the Erpf Gallery August 6th – October 1st, and will feature quilts by Arlene Vrooman. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, August 6th, from 2-4 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville.
This is the third annual exhibit featuring local Catskill Quilters in the Erpf Gallery. The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame spends the spring selecting the artistic talents of Catskill quilters, of which there are many. Following its goal of cultivating local traditions of art and culture, the CMQHOF chooses a successful quilter who has kept quilting alive, while also encouraged it to grow. This year, Arlene Vrooman was the clear choice for the Erpf Gallery exhibition.
Arlene Vrooman began as a music teacher, graduating Albany High School in 1946 and the music department of Academy of Holy Names in 1947 with a Teacher’s Certification in Piano. When Mrs. Vrooman married, she gave up music to raise seven children. Making clothes became a necessity and she taught sewing in Adult Education classes and twenty years as a 4-H Leader. In the 1970’s, Mrs. Vrooman began teaching quilting and now, at age 88, still teaches three days a week in her home.
Mrs. Vrooman was inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 1987. She gives lectures, demonstrations at events, and enters quilts in several shows each year. With her daughter she sells quilts and gift items in their “parlor shop” seven days a week.
The Teacher in Me quilt exhibit by Arlene Vrooman is on display August 6th through October 1. The Erpf Gallery is open Mon – Fri 9 am - 4:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611, or visit www.catskillcenter.org.