An Ozark Art Form Come Alive: Quilts Dominate the Harlin Museum’s 2019 Textile & Quilt Show Competition

January in Southern, MO started off pleasant and sunny for wintertime but turned a little colder (and more treacherous) just in time for the opening of our 2019 Textile & Quilt Show at the museum. Opening weekend, we had inclement winter weather (read: ice) in our forecast, forcing us to close the museum Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11th & 12th, and to postpone our very first Gala Night @ the Museum for the 2019 season, which was to feature a “Bed Turning” demonstration to compliment the show.

However, as the saying goes – the show must go on!  Although the weather affected our number of visitors for the show’s opening, it didn’t affect the number of entries we received for the exhibit’s display. Boasting a full gallery of locally-created pieces of textile art and original quilts, our first show of the year is a dazzling display of creativity in this most-beloved Ozark art form.

2019 Best of Show winner by Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO.

The Best In Show prize was awarded to Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO for her entry, “Stack & Wack”, a lovely and bright pink cotton quilt which was created using the quilting method of the same name, which you can read more about here. The quilt was both pieced together and quilted by machine.





The 2019 blue ribbon 1st place winner by Linda Ramsey of Houston, MO.


Our 1st place blue ribbon was awarded to quilter Linda Ramsey of Houston, MO for her entry, “Dreams of Winter”, a machine pieced and quilted strip-style quilt with an appliqued snowman figure. You can learn more about the strip-quilting method here.


Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO placed a second time this year (2019) with this red ribbon 2nd place quilt.


The 2nd place entry, “Hunter Star”, another creation by Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO, is a rich burgundy & gold featuring the popular eight-pointed star style pattern of the same name. To learn more about creating your own Hunter’s Star-style quilt, you can follow our link here.



3rd place was awarded to Shirley Earls of West Plains, MO for her entry, “Log Cabin Dots” a lovely multicolor quilt using the log cabin technique to create the dotted pattern on the quilt. You can learn the basics of this technique here.


Shirley also donated a second patchwork quilt in hues of purple, pink, and green against a white background for the museum to give away as the prize in a fundraising quilt raffle. Tickets to enter the raffle are 1 – $1.00, 6 – $5.00, an arm’s length of tickets (so be sure to send someone with long arms to get your tickets!) – $10.00, and enough tickets to stretch from fingertip to fingertip (again, send those long-armed people to get your tickets for the most chances!) for $20.00.


2019 Quilt Raffle Donation from Shirley Earls, West Plains, MO.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, 2019.  All proceeds will be used for the wintertime utilities & ongoing maintenance of the Harlin Museum. You can visit the fundraiser page on Facebook here.

Honorable Mention awarded to Alma Martin of Mountain Home, AR.
The second Honorable Mention award to Cindy Pirch, West Plains, MO for her knitted entry, “Button Blue.”




Two Honorable Mentions were also given out for this show; the first, to Alma Martin of Mtn. Home for her freestyle design quilt, “Springtime in Bloom” which features a centered house design & rows of brightly-colored two-pointed tulips.

The second Honorable Mention ribbon was awarded to Cindy Pirch of Summersville, MO for her knitted entry, “Button Blue”, a matching royal blue set of knit scarf, hat, and headband.



Along with all the individual entries, the exhibit in the gallery also includes interesting antique sewing implements, including an antique wooden spinning wheel from the museum’s permanent collection, along with other heirloom quilt tops and crocheted pieces, antique sewing accessories, and antique quilts & coverlets.  Be sure to stop by before the exhibit closes!

The Quilt & Textile Show will be displayed in the Hathcock Gallery of the museum until the Artist’s Awards Reception at 2pm on January 26th.   All winners are encouraged to attend so that they may be awarded their ribbons & accompanying prizes, as well as having their photo taken for our official record of the event. The museum is open Thursday & Friday, 12pm-6pm and Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-4pm.




The Harlin Museum of West Plains, MO will have a textile competition show January 10th-26th, 2019. Entry is open to all textile artists 18 & older.







Entry Dates:  Friday and Saturday, January 4 & 5, 2019, 12 noon to 4 pm at the Harlin Museum in the Hathcock Gallery, 405 Worcester Ave, West Plains, MO 65775, (417) 256-7801.

Entry Fee: 1 entry – $20.00, 2 entries – $30.00, 3 entries – $35.00, 4 entries $40.00; Payable to the Harlin Museum. Artisans can only enter 4 items.

Entry Categories:  Artisans and crafters can enter a full range of different types of textile items to include but not limited to quilts and afghans; crocheted & hand knitted articles, embroidery, and handwoven items; and handmade textile apparel. Items may not be displayed by categories, but by museum design to best display/show the entries.


Prizes:  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for overall best of show and 3 each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and 6 honorable mentions.  The prizes will consist of Best of Show – Gift Basket or Gift Certificate worth $50.00 and Gift Certificates for each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There will not be any particular categories for the Prizes Awards given.  Prized will be awarded on artistic craftsmanship.


Guidelines:  All entries must be original works of the artists entering. All work must not have been previously shown in Harlin Museum past exhibits.  All entries that need special support to display item must have the support base accompanying the article.  Large quilts will be hung against the wall with butterfly clips. Smaller quilts and quilted wall hangings will be hung on panels.  Tables will be available to display smaller textile items and items that cannot be hung. Designer clothing must have the proper hangers to assist in displaying the items. All hangers and display supports will be returned to owners at the end of the show with their entries.


Reception:  The meet and greet social for the artisans will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12 noon to 3pm, the awards will be presented at  2 pm, by the Harlin Museum Board President.  All entries will be released at 3pm, and the museum closes at 4 pm.  Entries may be picked up at the museum the following week Tuesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.


Entries Posted for Sale:  The Harlin Museum will take 20% commission on the posted price of any sales during the show at the museum.


Points of Contact:  Cindy McLean, 417-274-6184,

December 2018 Model Railway Gardens & Winter Art Exhibit

Kick off your 2018 holiday season with a trip to the Harlin Museum!

Bring the kids, bring your guests, bring some friends! Bring everyone to see our beautiful holiday decorations, winter art & historic Ozarks railroad map display, and elaborate Christmas-themed model train gardens. It’s an enchanting display that fascinates both children & adults alike.  A must see stop on your fun-holiday-things-to-do list!

Admission is free & open to the public during our NEW museum hours:

Thursday & Friday: 12 noon – 6pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm

Telling the Story of the Ozarks: Harlin Museum is in the October ’18 issue of Ozarks Farm & Neighbor

Ozarks Farm & Neighbor magazine – October 2018 – article about the Harlin Museum

Laura L. Valenti of Ozarks Farm & Neighbor magazine stopped by the museum to find out what we were all about. Find out what she had to say by clicking on the above photo to read the article on their website! #DiscoverYourOzarks #HarlinMuseum

Fall Professional Art Show & Competition

Calling all artists!! Entry dates for the Fall Art Show are Friday & Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, 2018 

Get ready! The Harlin Museum’s Annual Fall Art Show is right around the corner.  This will be a juried show competition with all two dimensional art entries to be accepted including:

  • Oil
  • Water medium (includes: acrylic, gouache, regular watercolor and watercolor pencils)
  • Mixed medium/collage, to include original wood burning art and wood carved art wall hangings (depth not to extend more than 2.5 inches from the wall)
  • Pastel
  • Graphics (includes: pencil, graphite, charcoal, ink, linocut, and colored pencil.

There will be over $1,000.00 awarded in prize money to be given out to entrants.  Amount of entries will determine categories.  Prizes will include awarding the overall Best of Show with a cash prize of $500 with ribbon.  Ribbons and prize money will be awarded for each of the three categories; 1st place – $100.00, 2nd place – $75.00, 3rd place – $50.00, plus Honorable Mentions ribbons.  Other prizes will include Memorial Awards, Purchase Awards, Artistic Encouragement Awards and a People’s Choice Award.

Entry dates for those who would like to participate in this year’s exhibition and competition will be this week, Friday & Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, 2018 from 12 noon to 4pm in the Hathcock Gallery of the Harlin Museum.

Entry Fee: 1 painting -$20.00, 2 paintings – $35.00, 3 paintings – $45.00, 4 paintings – $50.  Make checks payable to the Harlin Museum. Entry limit is 4 pieces per artist.

Guidelines:  All paintings must be original works of the entered artist. No Copies.  All work must have been done in the last 4 years and not previously shown in any Harlin Museum Competition Art Show Exhibits.  All work must be either framed or 1.25″ gallery wrapped canvas with wire and eye-screws for hanging.  No Saw-tooth Hangers.  All acrylic and oils must be dry.  Watercolor, ink, graphics, and pastel (all works on paper) must be under glass/Plexiglas.  No snap together plastic frames.  Any subject that can be presented to school children will be accepted.  Size Limit:  No larger than 36 X 48 inches.  All entries will be evaluated for artistic quality, integrity, presentation, and must meet the above hanging guidelines to meet the juried entry process for acceptance into this show.

A meet and greet social & awards reception for the artists will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Ribbons, prize money and special awards will be presented at the reception at 2pm by members of the Harlin Museum Board. Paintings will be released at 3pm. Unclaimed paintings may be picked up at the museum the following week, Wednesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Art Presentation Workshop

Join us at the museum for an artist workshop that will help you present your art at it’s best! 

Learning how to properly present your art can make a prize-winning difference.

Harlin Board President Gladys Morris will be giving a class from 12 noon – 3pm on Wednesday, September 12th & again on Saturday, September 15th outlining the different ways you can improve the presentation of your art to make your masterpiece truly shine! 

Workshop will include:

  • Materials available to the DIY artist
  • Foal Points: How to draw the audience’s attention in, rather than distract from it
  • Choosing the right frame for your project; how to properly accent & compliment your artwork
  • Planning art to use standardized framing materials
  • Framing: the proper tools necessary to frame your own artwork
  • How to spruce up & reuse old frames from yard sales
  • What are gallery-wrapped frames and how to use them effectiely
  • Taking pride in your art: what the presentation of your art says about you as an artist

Cost for the workshop is $15 per person. All proceeds will go toward the operations & maintenance of the museum.

September 2018 – An Upcycled Art Exhibition by Paul McFarland

This single-artist pop art exhibition is a delight for the senses. 

An upcycled sculpture made from recycled plastic bottles

Diverse pieces ranging from recycled-material sculptures of giant insects, lion’s heads, & geometric mobiles to vibrantly painted landscapes and pencil-sketch portraits brought to life weave this artist’s web of creativity & imagination. On display in the Harlin Museum’s Hathcock Gallery until September 15th.  A MUST SEE!!!

This ant could eat us all! But fear not, he is merely for decoration. We hope. 

August 2018 – “The Story of the Wildwoods : The Unpublished Works of Lennis L. Broadfoot”

A digital projection of the Story of the Wildwoods

Come see this one-of-a-kind show at the Harlin Museum from August 3rd – 25th!

On display are the finest pieces from the Harlin’s Permanent Collection: oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels of the people, places, and landscapes that are The Ozarks. There are beautiful pastoral scenes, iconic grist mills, and intriguing & beguiling portraits filling the Hathcock Gallery.

The pieces from the permanent collection are to be shown in conjunction with our featured exhibit: a digital projection of works by Ozarks native, L.L. Broadfoot; our piece is entitled, “The Story of the Wildwoods: The Unpublished Works Of Lennis L. Broadfoot.”

These never-before-exhibited pieces were the intended material for Broadfoot’s second book, which was never published.  In a rare opportunity, these drawings have been brought out to finally make their official debut at the Harlin Museum. Don’t miss it!

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 12 noon-4pm. Call the museum desk to arrange group tours: (417) 256-7801