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Celebrating Quilts During Black History Month

Quilt by Helen Richter

In addition to music, art, books, movies and dance, there are always many quilt exhibits during Black History Month. I am determined to see as many quilt exhibits as possible. So far I have managed to see three great quilt exhibits and share my quilts in Walterboro, SC at the Low Country African American Cultural Arts Festival.

Quilt by Bisa Butler

I started my Black History celebration of quilts with the Thread exhibit at the Spelman Museum of Fine Art. It is definitely worthy of your time. The exhibit includes three of my favorite quilters: Bisa Butler, Phyllis Stephen's and Helen Richter. Each has a distinctively different style, but all are beautiful. A large number of Gees Bend quilts are also part of the exhibit.

Quilt by Phyllis Stephens

The next day I attended the opening reception of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild at the Southwest Arts Center. The large number of quilts showcase many quilting techniques.

Quilt by Toni Presha, member of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild

The following weekend I attended the opening of Tears are Not Enough. This exhibit includes quilts by three of my friends -- Aisha Lumumba, Jan Hollins and Marquetta Bell Johnson. The exhibit runs through March 30th.

There is always a lot to see and do in Atlanta during Black History Month. Get out and soak up the culture!


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