Sunday, February 08, 2009

"President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts"


In a time of opposition and stubborn refusal by many to accept opportunities for growth and change, I thought it was good to present some positive and creative energies recognizing goodness and hope in our fiber arts community.

If you live anywhere near Silver Spring, Maryland, 60 fiber artists from all across the United States (and including artists from other countries, as far away as Australi) have contributed to a show titled "President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts.

Advertised as a quilt show of amazing diversity, among the quilters and their art. With thier work as a tribute to our new President, in gratitude for the hope and inspiration he has brought us.

Seeking to present their quilts as "an unforgettable moment in our country's history" and in honor of a renewed hope and optimism that change is still possible. Many of the participating quilters in this project have had the honor of being interviewed by Karen Musgrave of the Alliance for American Quilts and their stories will be saved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Alliance for American Quilts

If you're able to attend the quilt show is February 9-March 5, 2009 with an opening reception: Friday, February 13, 6-9 pm. Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, 930 King Street, Silver Spring, Maryland

shown above:
Work by Susan Shie, titled 'Treasure Map'

UPDATES:
President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts watch the video and interviews of artists talking about their quilts and the process of making them.
Susan Shie Barack Obama Quilt S.O.S. interview by Karen Musgrave, Dec, 2008
Susan Shie - Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories interview by Karen Musgrave
Susan Shie's blog

5 comments:

  1. Amazing................great work.

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  2. Elizabeth Homan9:21 PM

    Just wanted to leave you more details about getting to the exhibit.. the gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Arts Center, which is on the west side of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

    There is no parking lot at the building. Everyone is encouraged to park in the College’s East Campus Parking Garage on Fenton Street and take the pedestrian bridge and path to the arts center.

    If you have any questions, call 240-567-1374.

    Montgomery College hopes to see a great turnout of quilters and friends at the exhibit.

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  3. Obama is not a hero, its just a man !

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  4. What a great depiction - he's not just who he is, he has all this baggage and expectations from all of us all over him. I like it!

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  5. This is beautiful, not just because it is a quilt of our wonderful new president but because it would be beautiful if it were any man. thankfully he is our new president.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.