Art in Public Spaces

“A New Look at a Traditional Art” – Sara Meays
May 3 – June 30, 2021
Sponsored by MVCA and the Little Falls Public Library
On display now in the Little Falls Library’s Community Room

Sara Meays, a 6th grade teacher, has been creating barn quilts for over six years. She dabbled in fabric quilting before discovering her passion for painting barn quilts. Having grown up on a farm and living on her own farm now, Meays has always been interested in the styles of the barns that dot New York State, and was intrigued when she discovered the art that was placed on some of the barns. Looking for a unique birthday gift for her father, Meays put the math skills she teaches her students to a unique use and began designing new patterns and replicating traditional quilt blocks, including her first barn quilt–an 8 foot traditional star for her parents’ barn. She soon found that many are drawn to “barn” art for their own porches, garages, sheds–and barns. Aside from the obvious artist component of barn quilts, Meays believes the geometric component is just as important to her success. She says, “I often tell my students, 6th grade math really does matter–you never know when math is going to change your life!”

Meays resides in Holland Patent with her husband, their three children, two dogs and a small herd of Jersey cattle. She is a local elementary school teacher, currently teaching sixth grade in the Town of Webb.

Meays can be reached at (315) 941-7777 and her work can be viewed at

Her Story: A New Look at a Traditional Art features a variety of hand painted, wooden barn quilts that honor the creativity, heritage and art women have long weaved into the practicality of quilts they created for the everyday use of their families. Meays says, “My favorite barn quilts are the ones that tell a story–whether through color or pattern–and incorporate part of a story. It’s exciting to offer that to my community.”

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