The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that a group exhibition of contemporary art quilts will be on display at Park Circle Gallery from October 2-31, 2020. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Curated by local fiber artist Catherine Lamkin, this group exhibit showcases the art quilts of five contemporary fiber artists: Catherine Lamkin, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, Arianne King Comer, Kimberly Radcliffe, and Sylvia Hernandez. Titled WORDS, the exhibit focuses on the power of language with quotes, prayers, poems, and memories of conversations captured using a variety of textiles and techniques.
About the Artists
Catherine M. Lamkin is a fiber/textile artist who seeks through the beauty of cloth tell the stories of African Americans. She is the Great Granddaughter of a Traditional Quilter, The Granddaughter of a Traditional Quilter and the Daughter of an art quilter, who taught her how to thread a needle. Her art quilts pay homage to the women in the family who came before her. She walks in their seams.
Torreah “Cookie” Washington is an award-winning master art quilter and curator. She was born in Rabat, Morocco, and has traveled extensively, creating with textiles for more than a quarter of a century. Her current passion is fiber art muralism that celebrates the Divine Feminine and the contributions of her African ancestral heritage.
Arianne King Comer is an art consultant, indigo and community arts advocate, lecturer, teacher, and master batik artist. A graduate of Howard University, she has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. Her body of work includes paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home decor, as well as social justice initiatives.
Kimberly Love Radcliffe is a Philadelphia, PA, native transplanted in New London, Connecticut. As a self-taught quilter and painter Kimberly avoids the technical rules and precision of traditional piecing. She relies on whispers of from the ancestors, intuition and imagination to support her creativity. She employs vibrant fabrics, memories, paints, beads, books, stitching as well as personal narratives in her fiber art process.
Sylvia Hernandez is a self-taught master quilter that creates timeless, hand-crafted works that address community and human right issues. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally, and internationally and served as Co-President of the Brooklyn Quilters Guild from 2011 to 2015 and from 2017 -2019 and is currently the President of the Quilters of Color of NYC. She works out of her home studio in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently resides with her husband, Miguel.
The Park Circle Gallery is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston, in what was formerly known as the Olde Village Community Building. Admission is free and free street parking is available on Jenkins Avenue in front of the gallery, as well as on the adjacent streets and in parking lots close by. The gallery is open 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Friday, and Noon-4:00pm on Saturday. In compliance with safety recommendations from the CDC and SCDHEC, gallery capacity is currently limited to 10 people at a time. Staff and all visitors must wear a mask while they are in the gallery and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry. For more information about PCG, call 843-637-3565 or email [email protected]. For information on other Cultural Arts programs and artist opportunities, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.