An exhibit of quilts made in response to the World Trade Center disaster came to my attention through fabric artist Bonnie Lindsay, who belongs to and teaches quilting at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Hempstead, N.Y. "America: From the Heart" opened in Houston last fall with a display of 277 quilts from artists worldwide. The quilts were created between Sept. 11 and late October 2001.
Of every size, style and technique, some quilts are realistic, others abstract. The quilters expressed their feelings by using religious symbols, the American flag, images of the twin towers and titles such as Liberty Weeps for Her Country. And 100 of them donated their quilts to a silent auction that raised money for families of the disaster's victims.
Response to the exhibit was so positive that its organizers prepared a traveling version with 125 of the quilts. Statements from the artists describing their designs and the emotions that prompted their creation also are included. (Plans are under way for a book with photos of all 277 quilts, along with the artists' statements.)
So far the exhibit is scheduled for: Russell Sage College, Troy, N.Y., June 8-9; and the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, July 18-20. Other locations may be added. You can keep up with the schedule at www.quilts.com or call Quilts Inc. at (713) 781-6864.
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