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held in Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville and White City. But, the geographical base is quickly expanding. There are now panel makers in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Tucson where the Tucson Museum of Art is actively involved and holding workshops. The Vision Quilt expects to expand even more over the next few years and to find ways to showcase the panels around the country. Those interested in making a panel should not be concerned that they’ve missed their chance. “We want as many panels as possible. Fifty-four tons of AIDS quilts have been made since 1987! This project will last as long as it takes to create change,” says DeForest. It is important to note that workshop attendance is not necessary to create panels. There are very specific, stepby step instructions on the Vision Quilt website. (www.visionquilt.org) Finished panels can be mailed to P.O. Box 3192, Ashland, OR 97520. As the Vision Quilt builds and expands into a national network of supporters, the goal is to foster a cultural shift that will lead to improvements in gun safety, including new legislation, mental health laws, police training and public education. Echoing the group’s theme, DeForest is emphatic: “It is possible!” Jackie Markin is a retired Bay Area journalist and video producer who now lives in Ashland. Some of the panel contributors are also high-profile community leaders. Ashland Mayor John Stromberg and his wife Jane created a panel. Longtime Ashland gallery owner Judy Howard has also delivered a beautifully crafted quilt panel. The first 100 panels were displayed at the Historic Ashland Armory in January as part of the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. At the event, hundreds of people signed commemorative panels that will now be showcased as part of the larger quilt. Since the project began in September 2015, Vision Quilt workshops have been Cathy DeForest with wall display of panels. Left: Panel by Mimi Shapiro. Below: Panel by Jane and John Stromberg. Ashland Gallery Guide 45


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