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June 2011

Guilford Native-American Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC, Offers Haliwa-Saponi Indian Quilts

Guilford Native-American Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC, will present the exhibit, Quilting: A Community History: Quilters from the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Community of Hollister, NC, on view from June 3 through Aug. 31, 2011.

With the support of a grant from the NC Arts Council for Folklife Preservation, curator Karen Lynch Harley has assembled an exhibit and interviewed the eighteen quilters included in the exhibition. The purpose of this project is to search out, identify, interview, photograph, videotape, record, document, and exhibit the Quilters of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Community.

These interviews will identify the history and stories of the quilters in the Community. Quilting is becoming a lost cultural art form and this project is meant to revitalize the art of quilting and expose its rich history as told by the quilters themselves. Most of these quilters work in a huge variety of contemporary and traditional designs and their art reveals the improvisational creativity and workmanship within this old tradition.

The eighteen exhibitors are Mesheila Lynch, Nannie Lynch, Delois Lynch, Almorris Lynch, Yvonne Locklear, Doris Richardson, Martha Evans, Connie Hedgepeth, Charlotte Richardson, Alverta Richardson, Donald Mills, Carolyn Lynch, Bernadette Lee, Dorothy Lewis, Victoria Lynch, Karen Lynch Harley, Laura Richardson, and Barbara Brayboy.

The funding for this project came from a Grant Award from the NC Arts Council for Folklife preservation which is a division of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or call the gallery at 336/273-6605.

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