Saturday, October 31, 2009

October Beginnings & Amazing Wonders

October was full of new beginnings and possibilities. First I started this blog and Amazing Wonders, a dynamic quilt show, had its opening reception on October 10th in Sacramento, CA at 40 Acres Gallery. Northern California African American quilters and friends showed up to see a variety of works by members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and other fine artists from the Sacramento region. Curator Kim Curry made us all feel welcome and appreciated. The Clif Lamb All Stars filled the air with smooth sounds. The community came out to show their support. It was a night to remember.

Katie Wishom's Obama Quilt documented history.

Debbie Mason, Dee Presley, Ann Seals, guild president, Marion, Benita Jones and our youngest artist Jamie smile for the camera.

Sacramento quilter Nerlene Taylor shared her African metallic fabric Yo-Yo quilt that is 95" x 72". Nerlene explained to gallery visitors the difficulty of using metallic fabrics to create the yo-yos. The quilt had a beautiful range of fabrics.

Elizabeth Browder's African applique, embellished quilt, Out of Africa was quite a treat.

Elk Grove quilter Connie Horne displayed Fiber of Slavery: Strong Women Picking Cotton that was also featured in a Sacramento Bee article slideshow. Connie is a prolific quilter who is known for her prize winning wearables.

Dr. Patricia Turner of UC Davis was present and later presented a lecture about her book, Crafted Lives on the 17th.

Want to talk surface design? Marilyn Handis showed us how it's done with Peaceful created with silk, gold and silver leaf.

Marion and Arabella Grayson smile a moment. Arabella's passion, black paper dolls can be found at her website

Amazing Wonders will be exhibited at 40 Acres Gallery, 35th and Broadway, Sacramento, CA until Decemer 23rd. They have various activities scheduled until December 12th. They are open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Go by an explore this beautiful gallery if you are in the Sacramento area. Tell them Marion sent you!