VERO BEACH — Nearly 400 members and guests attended the opening of the exhibition ROOTED IN TRADITION: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum on Friday, June 26 and enjoyed a lecture by guest curator and quilt-maker Judith Trager. The exhibit features nearly 60 quilts from contemporary art quilt makers and is offered admission free by the Museum. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 25. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to present Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in its Holmes Gallery from June 27 through Oct. 25. The exhibition is sponsored by The Patricia M. Patten Endowment. There is no admission to view this exhibition nor any of the Museum’s other summer/fall exhibitions.Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum chronicles the history of the art quilt movement from 1980 through the present and brings the quilt decisively from the bed to the wall. The 64 quilts in this collection reflect the change from the traditional craft of quilt-making based on the repeated block to the free-spirited, sometimes-edgy art form of today. Work by the 52 artists in this collection represent the best in American art quilts today.Rooted in Tradition is the first exhibition to tackle the art quilt historically. Organized by decade, the exhibition is broken into three sections.Most importantly, the quilts in this exhibition reflect not only the movement of the quilt from bed to wall, they also show a vital and lively new take on traditional form. All of the artists in the exhibition are still working in the art quilt medium, producing art that continues to interest, inspire, and fascinate. Some of them, like Jean Ray Laury, have been at it for forty years. What this exhibition does best is show the continuing thread of art quilt making that extends into the future.The exhibition was curated by Judith Trager. The exhibition tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company located in Kansas City, Mo.