The center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. A free reception, which is open to the public, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
Linda Long, Co-President of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, said, “Quilting is truly an art form, and we have some amazing quilt artists in our community,” Linda Long, Whitewater Arts Alliance co-president, said in a news release. “Mary has exhibited before, and Michele’s name has come up every time we consider quilters.
“We are so pleased to host these two talented women. People need to come see their work up close.”
Althaus has been making quilts since the late 1980s, delving into traditional and reproduction patterns over the years.
“In the last few years, I have drifted towards the brighter fabrics, using Electric Quilt for design, and Inklingo to print sewing and cutting lines on fabric using my laptop and home printer,” she said.
Smith learned quilting in 1994.
“Although I have experimented with many styles of quilting, I am currently working on scrappy-style quilts. However, quilters today do not use ‘scraps’ of fabric as the pioneer women did — most of us have accumulated a huge collection of fabric to draw from,” Smith said. “I particularly enjoy quilt block exchanges, where a specific group of quilters exchange blocks on a monthly basis.”
The Cultural Arts Center is located on in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance.