Jazz age style museum exhibit on display in Powys town

The Mayor of Llanidloes was on hand to cut the ribbon for the town’s new arts center exhibition with a 1920s-style opening ceremony.

Councilor Janet Crisp arrived to open the 20:20 Visions quilt exhibit at the city’s Minerva Arts Center on Saturday, April 9.

The opening ceremony featured a 1920s Jazz Age theme to tie into one of the themes featured in the exhibit.

The exhibition was organized by Welsh Heritage Quilters, with several members of the group present at the opening, dressed as 1920s flappers.

The mayor arrived on the scene in a vintage Citroën car and was greeted by the three boys who, after the inauguration, showed him around the quilts.

Jazz Age themed quilts included those depicting an illegal drinking club, known as speakeasies, which were popular in America during the Prohibition years.

Other themes in 20:20 Visions include “The Field of Cloth of Gold,” depicting the famous summit meeting between Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France and the two kings crafting displays of wealth.

Welsh Heritage Quilters also practice hand quilting and the Japanese Sashiko sewing technique during their workshops, which are displayed under the Sashiko theme of the exhibition.

The feature was originally scheduled to open in 2020, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Welsh Heritage Quilters have capitalized on the delay by making more quilts at home during lockdown, which are now on display under their new ‘Time Well Spent’ theme.

An exhibition of antique sewing equipment is also part of the exhibition.

The mayor said she was impressed with the works on display and would return for a second look another day.

8:20 p.m. Visions is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, including Sundays and public holidays, until April 23.

Ada J. Kenney