Press Release - Detail
Media release: For immediate release Friday, April 21, 2017
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
Art exhibit featuring Gee's Bend quilters, Folk Pottery opening May 11 at Central Library
What: Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt exhibit
When: May 11-June 25, 2017
Where: First floor exhibit cases and Fourth Floor Gallery at the Central Library
Details: Exhibits will be available during library hours. Opening reception Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3-5 p.m., Central Library, Fourth Floor Gallery –The “Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt” exhibit will feature quilts by master artists from Gee’s Bend and works by Miller’s Pottery of Brent and Ham Pottery of Selma.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Birmingham Public Library is hosting a new art exhibit beginning May 11 featuring the acclaimed Gee’s Bend quilters and other artists from Alabama Black Belt.  “Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt,” will be on display in the First Floor exhibit cases and in the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown, from May 11 through June 25, 2017. The Alabama Folklife Association is partnering with BPL to put on this popular exhibit.

Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Gee’s Bend quilters are continuing the tradition through their families and community. Sixteen quilts by different women, some of whom will be exhibiting for the first time, will represent the amazing colors and innovative techniques often associated with the textiles produced by several generations over the years.

Folk potter Steve Miller and his cousin Allen Ham grew up working alongside Steve’s father, Eric Miller, in the workplace and shop on Highway 5 in Bibb County. Featured in documentary films, books, and articles, they represent a business dating to the 1850s that began on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Today, they use local clay to make and produce glazed stoneware, utilitarian items, face jugs, and other works of art that are sought after by collectors.

For more information about regional quilting and pottery, visit the Alabama Folklife Association. Read more at the link below:

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