MONTEZUMA – The Stauth Memorial Museum is looking for textiles and quilts to display in conjunction with its upcoming traveling exhibition Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints on display from Oct. 22 through Nov. 30.

The museum will enhance this exhibit by displaying quilts and textiles created by western Kansas men and women. Traditional and nontraditional quilts as well as all types of textiles will be exhibited such as: needlepoint, quilting, embroidery, tatting, knit, crochet, sewing, weaving, latch-hooking, textile art, batik, wall hangings and any other kind of textiles made by Kansas women and men.

The deadline to notify the museum that you have a textile or quilt that you want to display is Sept. 3.

Since this is an exhibit about the art of batiks, all quilts or textiles that are created with or include batik in them will be given first preference in the exhibit but all types of quilts and textiles will be accepted.

Items will only be loaned for the time of the special/traveling exhibition. Museum staff will protect these items with the same care and respect given to all items exhibited at the Stauth Museum. All items will be locked and secured when not open to the public according to Smithsonian Institution guidelines.

The traveling exhibition, Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints, is a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to Africa. Wandering Spirit traces the developmental pathway of the African wax print and tells how these fabrics reflect the stories, dreams, and personalities of the people who wear them. Batik is a Javanese word that refers to a traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing, in which a pattern is made on both sides of cotton fabric with warm liquid wax applied. After the wax solidifies, the cloth is dyed with a primary color and the wax is removed, revealing the pattern where the wax had once been. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Gifty Benson and organized by ExhibitsUSA/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Mo.

If you have a textile or quilt you would be interested in exhibiting, please call (620)846-2527, email at stauthm@ucom.net or come by the Stauth Memorial Museum. You will be added to the database to receive the Exhibition Registration Forms with Exhibitor Guidelines along with delivery and pick-up dates and other specific details. Reservations will be accepted on a first-to-notify basis. When the allotted number of reservations for this exhibit are filled, the show will be closed.

For more information contact 620-846-2527. The Montezuma museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Check out the website for information about this and other events at the Stauth Memorial Museum at www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org.