'Coming Home' exhibit marks return of Rosemary Pedigo Ponte to TTU's Appalachian Center for Crafts

Internationally known quilter and fiber artist, and Cookeville native, Rosemary Pedigo Ponte will display her works in the exhibit "Coming Home" at the Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Crafts Oct. 6-Nov. 10.

Ponte, who graduated from TTU in 1952, is recognized as an art-quilt maker and wearable art designer. Her quilts have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. She received certification from the School of Fashion Design in Boston, Mass., and has taught clothing design, quilt making and quilt-art clothing design and construction. She has also lectured extensively across the U.S. and overseas.

"Coming Home" celebrates Ponte's return to her birthplace. Her family originally owned the property on which the Appalachian Center for Crafts is located. A recent quilt she created incorporates a "family motif."

"Her focus is always on movement and color and she strives to create a type of optical illusion in her designs," explained Gail Looper, gallery manager at the Craft Center.

Ponte will give a gallery talk on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

"Coming Home" will be on display in Gallery Two. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (615) 597-6801.