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Rahna Walker Summerlin, "Fish Scraps"

Pictured: Rahna Walker Summerlin, "Fish Scraps," 2006, cotton, cotton blends, rayon. On view at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.

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Formally opened in 1980, the Jenkins Gallery mission is to exhibit the work of noted and established Florida artists, as well as to introduce national and international artists to the Central Florida region. Each of the four to six annual exhibitions are professionally curated by a member of the Crealdé Gallery Committee or a guest curator.

September 11–January 18, 2016

The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America


Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections

Crealdé will be one of the first U.S. hosts for this internationally traveled exhibition of quilts, which was originally sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and toured in China before coming to the U.S.

Folklorist Teresa Hollingsworth and curator Katy Malone of South Arts in Atlanta selected artists with diverse backgrounds and paths that led them to quiltmaking, including Native American quilter Bonnie LeBeau from South Dakota; Dottie Moore of North Carolina, a longtime fiber artist who depicts scenes from nature; Erick Wolfmeyer of Iowa, whose quilts are inspired by the Midwest landscape; and Louisiana Bendolph from Alabama, following the tradition of Gee’s Bend quilts.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center also will host this two-venue exhibition, which features Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections, curated by folklorist and author Dr. Kristin Congdon. This juried exhibition comprises 15 stunning quilts, variously stitched by quilters who have made Florida their home. These quilters, both traditional and innovative, explore color, composition, and storytelling in ways that will delight and engage diverse audiences.


September 12
“Understanding the Quilts of Gee’s Bend” with Matt Arnett, Louisiana Bendolph and Rita Mae Pettway
Share the history and the importance of the legacy of the quilts of Gee’s Bend. The presenters will discuss the quilts within the larger Southern African-American visual art traditions, including Mid-Florida. Matt Arnett is an Atlanta-based photographer, filmmaker and researcher, and the co-founder of Tinwood Media. Louisiana Bendolph and Rita Mae Pettway are both Gee’s Bend Quilters. 10–11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Winter Park Public Library, Third Floor Meeting Room. Free.

September 26, 11 a.m.; October 17, 2 p.m.; October 31, 11 a.m.
Readings from Children’s Books
Introduce children to the art of quilting and the different cultural traditions associated with this enduring American folk art form. A different book will be shared at each event, including The Quiltmaker’s Gift, The Patchwork Quilt, The Quilting Bee and Luka’s Quilt. Join us Saturdays, at the Winter Park Public Library, Community Room. Free.

“The Sum of Many Parts” is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for these exhibitions and programs was provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Winter Park; and a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please see Past & Current Exhibitions for exhibitions from previous years.

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