Thursday, 23 October 2008

Gees Bend Quilts @ Canterbury Next Week!

NSW quilting enthusiasts are in for a treat next week. An amazing display of more than 200 international quilts to be hanging from 31 October to 2 November at the Canterbury Racecourse, Canterbury as part of the Quilt Indulgence Festival presented by Guild sponsor Creative Living Media (publisher of Down Under Quilts).

The quilts include art quilts from Gees Bend USA, charming quilts from France, extraordinarily-executed quilts from Japan, and fabulous quilts from New Zealand and around Australia.

The creators of the quilts from Gee’s Bend are four generations of African American women isolated for decades by geography, outside indifference, and extreme poverty. Their lives were and are rich with family, faith, and community, and they have quietly created one of the most astonishingly beautiful and original bodies of artwork.

Many of the older quilts of Gee’s Bend have received international acclaim at art museums throughout the United States including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Whitney Museum in New York. Hailed by The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”

This is the first time any of these quilts have been seen in Australia, and only the second time outside America.

10-4 daily – Canterbury Racecourse. Free parking, free shuttle bus from Canterbury station.
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