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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Paisley Path is a Community Art Project

Paisley | by Megan Johnson  

An interactive map will tell the story behind the barn quilts

Big Bruce Harvest Star barn quilt 

If you're taking a drive through Paisley this Thanksgiving weekend you'll see more than just fall colours.

The Paisley Agricultural Society is ready to show-off the "Paisley Path" a community Barn Quilt Project. 

The 2019 multi-faceted Barn Quilt Project is a connecting link for the Ontario Network of Barn Quilt Trails says John Thornburn, Agricultural Society President.

He adds messages from hanging quilts go back in our history.

To help with the meaningful project, the Community Foundation Grey Bruce offered two barn quilt workshops, which saw over 30 people attend each time.

"In 2020, we will be doing more workshops," he says.

By the weekend, one will be able to download an interactive map of each quilt along the Paisley Path.

Thornburn says some are traditional and some are modern, "they all have some connection."

They could represent someone's family history or "sentimental memory to the farm they're representing."

Some quilts were first seen at the Paisley Fall Fair under the Country Art category.

Thornburn says the first prize winner; including the commercial class winner will be hanging this weekend on the Paisley Path. 

Emily Thornburn's prize-winning barn quilt Century Harvest will be part of the Paisley Path. Emily is the sixth generation to live on the Thornburn homestead, now known as Mont Pleasant Farms just outside of Paisley.

She says, "it's been so exciting to see the enthusiasm people have for this project. Families have worked together to create art that represents their connection to our rural community and one another. It's a great way to celebrate agricultural traditions and we're looking forward to seeing how it will grow in the future. "

The Ag Society is grateful for financial support received from Community Foundation Grey Bruce that helped kick off our workshops, and in-kind support from the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie.

Elements on the Paisley Path are intended to be viewed safely from the roadway. Organizers remind people to respect the privacy of the hosts.

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