Thursday, August 30, 2012



Enduring Threads: Fiber Stories of the AAQB
WHEN: August 19- September 6, 2012
Museum hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM;
Saturday - Sunday: 12 noon – 4 PM
WHERE: The James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore

Over fifty works of fabric art will be on display, capturing and expressing a fantastic range of colors, shapes, textures and emotions. Members of the African American Quilters of Baltimore will present all new, all original pieces. Techniques include traditional and innovative piecing, appliqué, embellishments, three-dimensional construction, hand and machine embroidery and more. Artistic styles include narrative, decorative, symbolic, ethnic and even humorous and political.

AAQB members are regular participants in numerous cultural and educational events throughout the year including Port Discovery’s Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend celebration and the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Fiber Arts Day. AAQB members were commissioned to create a quilt honoring the life and legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Photographs of the completed project (and possibly the quilt itself) will be on display during the exhibition.

Special events during the show include a weekend craft market and demonstrations for adults on how to quilt. For exact schedule, see the website:

The African-American Quilters of Baltimore was founded in 1989 by three African American quilters seeking the community of other African American quilters. Their primary goal was to offer support and information for African American quilters in an environment of acceptance and welcome. Since that time, the group has grown in size and diversity and includes quilters of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals. In addition, its members participate in projects in schools, libraries and museums in keeping with our "Each One, Teach One" philosophy.

Here’s what the Urbanite had to say about the AAQB’s 2010 Show:
“The wide range of the guild’s work—from quilts made by “non-traditional traditionalists” who use unusual fabrics or color combinations in traditional patterns to the quilts of innovators who add texture or photographic images to their work... And while some of this work does seem far removed from the “mammy-made” quilts of past generations, the essential materials of fabric and thread remain constant.”

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