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Quilted barns draw attention to preservation, public art

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Angela Beestra, left, with Nancy Wicker of Harvard, who together installed the quilted barn panel on Beestra's Harvard farm. Beestra's dog Lilly is also pictured.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Horses graze in front of one of the "quilted barns" on Angela Beestra's farm in Harvard. The quilts, which are painted onto large sheets of plywood, can be found on about 50 barns across McHenry County.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

McHenry County hasabout 50 painted barn "quilts" on them as part of a countywide exhibit. This piece can be seen on the property of Janet Hayes, at 19014 W. Coral Road in Marengo.

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A "quilted barns" project has merged public art with efforts to restore former dairy barns in McHenry County. More than 30 barns across the county feature quilted patterns painted onto plywood squares that are attached to the barns.
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    • Angela Beestra, left, with Nancy Wicker of Harvard, who together installed the quilted barn panel on Beestra’s Harvard farm. Beestra’s dog Lilly is also pictured.
    •  Horses graze in front of one of the “quilted barns” on Angela Beestra’s farm in Harvard. The quilts, which are painted onto large sheets of plywood, can be found on about 50 barns across McHenry County.
    •  McHenry County hasabout 50 painted barn “quilts” on them as part of a countywide exhibit. This piece can be seen on the property of Janet Hayes, at 19014 W. Coral Road in Marengo.
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