The Glory of Quilts

August 24, 2004 - October 10, 2004
Central Library, Lobby Gallery
The Glory of Quilts

Reception and Artist Talk:
Tuesday, August 24, 6 PM
Lobby Gallery

Brooklyn native Sharon Simmons has been sewing since grade school. She began creating quilt art pieces after attending a workshop in 1999 on "Quilting the Way to Freedom" at St. Paul Community Baptist Church. Her pieces were initially made as gifts to family and friends; then with a break-out piece entitled Sista-Sista, a tribute to her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Simmons began to see the potential for her art. She now sells and exhibits her quilt art throughout the United States. To date she has created fifty-eight one-of-a-kind quilt art pieces, many of which are in private and corporate collections.

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Artist Statement

"A far cry from quilts once tied only to beds, my quilt art expands tradition. I am an artist exploring the culture of quilting for what it really is, Art. Art that is interwoven into my very being and ultimately is transmitted into the fiber, which I use as my medium."

"I use my hands and fiber to share with others the visualizations that are a part of my everyday life. I utilize the basic structural characteristics of a quilt, the applique technique of sewing, and incorporate African print fabrics into each one-of-a-kind quilt art piece. The fiber that I use allows me to add color, texture and tone to the world. My quilt art tells stories or expresses ideas. I am often inspired by music, childhood memories, dreams, my religious values, life-changing events, everyday observations and political and social events."

"My goals as an artist are twofold: to elicit varied responses from those who view my quilt art and to contribute to the growing field of African-American Quilt Art."

Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.