Bellevue Arts Museum

Posted on September 15, 2012, 5:52 pm
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Bellevue Arts Museum, Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley

The Bellevue Arts Museum is currently exhibiting Bold Expressions – African American Quilts June 14 – October 7, 2012.

This exhibition showcases more than fifty quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s. Stunning color combinations and distinctively free patterns epitomize an artistic vision that is unique to the American folk art tradition. African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns. Many of the quilts are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans and work clothes. This early form of recycling and reuse was a necessity that became the foundation for unique expression. The exhibition also explores a variety of construction techniques and quilting…

The featured quilts were made through times of sorrow and hardship. Making them was a way for  women to escape the constraints of their environment. The detail and color used in the quilts is outstanding. When studying them one can see the heart and soul that went into their construction, truly beautiful.

Bellevue Arts Museum: Bold Expressions. African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley