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Kirksville Arts Association holds exhibit: reflects on past, looks to future

The exhibit is a look back on the fire, who it affected and those who fought to save the pieces on display. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Kirksville Arts Association hosted a reception for their exhibition Dec. 7. On display were pieces of work that were salvaged from a fire that destroyed it's building and new interpretive pieces created by community members.

"The quilt that I made probably took me at least 50 hours to put together. They were some of the last fabric blocks that my grandmother had cut," said quilter Andrea O’Brien.

O’Brien’s quilt was partially destroyed by the fire. It hangs in the exhibition called Remembering the KAA Fire: Art, Facts and Artifacts.

For O’Brien, it's a reminder of the fire and the woman who taught her the craft.

"To lose the quilt was devastating because there was a big piece of her that got lost with it," O’Brien said.

The exhibit is a look back on the fire, who it affected and those who fought to save the pieces on display.

"It really just seemed like the right thing to do," said KAA Board President Linda Treasure.

First responders from that night were in attendance.

"It's been interesting to watch them look at the photographs," Treasure said.

The first anniversary post-fire, Treasure has a saying that encapsulates the KAA’s experience:

"I liked to say 2016 was a year of loss, 2017 was a year we had a lot of accomplishments and 2018 is the year we're going to start with our rebuilding process," Treasure said.

Remembering the KAA Fire: Art, Fact and Artifacts is on display from Dec. 7 until Jan. 27.

The exhibition is open Thursday and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the association's temporary location at 1902 South Baltimore Street in Kirksville.


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