at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
101 Quilts on Exhibit at African American Heritage Museum :
An exhibit called "101 Quilts" at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ featured the needlework of several artisans. The quilts celebrate poetry, speak of history and use recycled wedding dresses in their designs. Quilts have traditionally told a story about their makers and the needle artists.
1. "Alaska Highway" by Karimah Abdusamad
2. "The Sampler" by Francena Cason
3. "Scrap Happy" by Thelma A. Gordy
Visitors to the exhibit saw various examples of quilting by needle artists Karimah Abdusamad, Tinola Cockfield, Denise Fox, Mary Archibald, Alice Marks and the Atlantic City Parents Center Quilters which includes instructors Agnes Galloway and Gail Gordy, and the work of Thelma Gordy, Muriel Greenidge, Pat Tweedle, Joanne Lyons, Betty Lyons, Betty Watson, Yvonne Jordan, Peaches Cason, Dotty Guzman, Joyce Snyder, Cecile Brazos, Marilyn Carter and Karen Webb will be on view. In addition the collections of Yvonne Lemane, Carol Harper and Ken Davis (from the estate of Jewel Irving Morgan) were on view. The show's pieces incorporated the elements of color, line and form merged with needle artistry and message.
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is located at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville, NJ in the Martin Luther King Center. Directions are available at www.aahmsnj.org. Admission is free, however donations are accepted with appreciation.