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November 2011

Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands in Beaufort, SC, Offers Works by Dorothy Montgomery

The Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands in Beaufort, SC, will present the exhibit, The Story Quilts of Dorothy Montgomery, on view at the ARTworks gallery from Nov. 4 through Dec. 31, 2011. A reception will be held On Nov. 4, from 6-8pm.

In this gallery show, Montgomery shares her collection of story quilts, her handiwork that tells many important histories so well: The Fox and the Crow; How Ragtime Left the Delta; Allelujah and how she got her name; the Quilt begun with Found Objects; Gullah baptisms and “sperritual pillows”; and many more of the colorful figures in Montgomery’s life and knowledge. She is adept at pulling the threads of textile arts and symbolism through hearts and time.

The South Carolinian and contemporary quilter has been inspired by legendary 19th Century American quilter Harriet Powers. This Story Quilts show accompanies a production of the play Quilting the Sun based on Powers’ life, also at ARTworks in November.

Montgomery’s work is also inspired by the quilts of her mother and grandmother, and her career as a music educator: “It is my desire that my works will spark or renew an interest in the history and creative artistry of African Americans and help others realize their own potential and possibilities.”

ARTworks is a community arts center that applies the many creative tools of the arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 843/379-2787 or visit (www.artworksinbeaufort.org).

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