Clay Center quiltsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twenty-five historic quilts from across the country are on display in "American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940," which opened Dec. 21 at the Clay Center.The exhibit, which will be up through March 30, features examples of pieced block, Crazy style, Colonial Revival and one-of-a-kind innovations. These traditional and modern quilt designs stitch together the rapid societal and technological shifts in American life between the Civil War and World War II.The Clay Center is hosting the exhibit from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through a partnership with the Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild. Guild member Juanita Reed brought the idea to the Clay Center in 2010, and the two worked together to bring it to life.Along with securing the national exhibit, the Guild helped organize the Center's "West Virginia Contemporary Quilt Invitational," an exhibit of award-winning creations from around the state that is on display. That exhibit also is open through March 30.In addition, the Clay Center and the Guild collaborated with Friends of West Virginia Culture and History to schedule free lectures and a workshop on quilting that will begin in February. Participants may bring in their own quilt and learn about its history using color, craftsmanship and technique with the help of an expert in a special workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9. To register, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.Also in the art gallery, "Traditions: A Celebration of Heritage," whimsically designed and decorated trees and original works by emerging West Virginia artists, is open through Dec. 30.Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. "Smart Pass" (includes galleries, film and planetarium) $14.50 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; Galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Artwork can be submitted electronically or by mail. Deadline for inclusion in the Sunday Gazette-Mail is the Tuesday before Sunday publication.