The contemporary fiber art currently displayed at the Mary G. Burr Gallery is a collection of works from across the nation. The exhibit was organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and curated by Torreah “Cookie” Washington. It was made available through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program.
“We are very proud to host this impressive exhibit,” said Lindsay Bennett, executive director for the Cheraw Arts Commission (CAC). The show is titled Once Upon a Quilt: African American Fiber Art.
African American art quilters from across the nation were invited to explore and depict their favorite stories through traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques.
Bennett said the works included in the show were inspired by the artist’s favorite stories, whether they begin with, “Once upon a time…,” or “In a galaxy far, far away….”
The project hopes to inspire the next generation of young readers, and instill the importance of story telling for the sake of preserving one’s culture, said Bennett. “The idea is to make Reading FUNdamental through the beauty of quilted stories.”
Exhibiting artists include Cathy Alvarez, Pauline Barrett, Carolyn Bracket, Lenora Brown, Arianne King Comer, Catherine Lampkin, Aisha Lumumba, Bridget Murray, Cookie Keeling Patterson, Laquita Tummings and Torreah “Cookie” Washington.
The Burr Gallery is located in the Cheraw Community Center. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.