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Quilt Exhibit: I Am


September 9–November 19, 2015, Blakely Hall
Reception Saturday, September 12, 6–9 pm

Curated by Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King

Quilt banner Erma Hill

Quilt banner by Erma Hill

artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council are very pleased to present an exhibit of art quilts from the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters (PNWAAQ). This Blakely Hall exhibition runs parallel to the We Are exhibit at Front Street, which also seeks to explore personal identity.

Quilt-self-portrait by Erma Hill

Self portrait quilt by Erma Hill

“For us, quilting is more than art or craft,” says Maxwell-Williams, founder of the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters. “It’s the thread that binds us and helps us find our place in the vast Pacific Northwest.”

See the rich and unique tradition of art, history and individual expression in original art quilts on the theme of “I Am.” With a standard size of 18 inches wide and 60 inches long, the quilts will appear as a unified exhibit, yet display each quilter’s unique imagery and expression. Additionally, each artist will create a self-portrait quilt to accompany their exhibit quilt.

Reception Day Events

On Saturday, September 12th, we have a day of quilts, self-expression, and community for you, including:

  • Quilting demonstrations (1pm – 4pm)
  • Unveiling of the Issaquah Highlands Ceramic Quilt by youth of Issaquah Highlands
  • Unveiling of the Community Digital Quilt Project from the Issaquah Highlands Day event
  • Lecture by noted author and artist, Gwen Maxwell-Williams, on the African American quilting tradition (4pm – 5pm)

Following the afternoon activities, join us for an artist reception in the evening, which will feature:

  • Curator opening remarks and artist talks at 6:30pm
  • Complementary appetizers and libations, featuring jazz singer Felicia Loud accompanied by Ryan Shea Smith, from 6–9pm
Exhibiting Artists

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Lynn Lambie,
Gwen Maxwell Williams, Sharon Sobers, Marilyn Wilson-Hanseling

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We are excited to announce that this exhibition is the recipient of grants from 4Culture, ArtsWA and the National Endowment for the Arts. The additional programming has been made possible because of this generous funding. Thank you 4Culture, ArtsWA and the NEA!




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