Thursday, August 28, 2008

African Festival of the Arts-Chicago

Greetings All,
This weekend I will be at the African Festival of the Art. Billed as Chicago's largest neighborhood festival, this 19th anniversary celebration of the African influence in America features three music stages, ethnic cuisine, and a marketplace with more than 300 vendors. Shop for fine art, jewelry, clothing, health and skin care products, hand-woven fabrics and textiles and more. Also features a beer and wine garden, short films, author discussions, drumming and dance workshops, internet access and more. Stacey Brown (below) is the featured visual artists this year. I have several of Stacey's piece in my collection and just love his work. Do check out is website.

The Nubian Quilters invite you to “ come and stitch with us!” The African-American quilting tradition is centuries-old, dating back to the American colonial period. Further, enslaved Africans brought with them techniques of piecing, appliqué and embroidery. The contemporary quilts of today can be categorized as art as textile artist evolve the quilt making tradition. Come join us at the quilting pavilion to learn traditional and contemporary techniques of quilt design. Let's keep the tradition alive!

We have made a quilt for the past 7 or 8 years and this year we will be going on without one of our own Phyllis Martin who passed last year, but we have added Gwen McGee-Boyd. We will be missing another friend this year. Sherlynn (below left with friends) has had a stroke and want be at the fest and will be missed, but we will keep her in our prayers and our hearts.

So if you are in the Chicago-land area this coming weekend and you can get to Washington Park on the south side of town stop by the fest and look us up. We will be in the tent with the quilts blowing in the air.

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