Art Gallery: African American Quilt and Doll Guild
Members of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild will show over a dozen pieces on a variety of subjects, including Kwanzaa, at Shaker Library from November 6 through December 22.
An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.
The guild’s 75 members hail from across Northeast Ohio and do exhibits and talks throughout the community. Some members’ quilts have traveled the world and found their way into museums, including the Smithsonian.
The quilters use their pieces to express powerful ideas about political movements and events like the Underground Railroad, Juneteenth, and Black Lives Matter.
“We use quilts to tell our history and our stories, from our perspective,” said guild member Gloria Kellon.
She said she hopes that the library show will encourage young people to get into quilting. “Many people think quilts are only for beds — but this is a new day. You could put a quilt on a jean jacket or a bag now. You could use it to decorate your home.”
To learn more about the guild, visit aaqdg.org.