The Schweinfurth Artwork Heart’s annual “Quilts=Artwork=Quilts” exhibit options 71 works this 12 months, and lots of of them cowl intensely private tales and emotional reactions to present occasions.
The exhibit will likely be on show Thursday, Oct. 15, via Sunday, Jan. 10, on the middle, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. It options quilts from artists in 26 states and 5 international locations outdoors the U.S.
Choices embrace “Center Passage: America’s Legacy” by Syracuse quilter Ellen Blalock. It reveals three rows of black males, the highest two drawn from a historical past textbook of how African males have been shipped to slavery within the U.S., and the underside row representing the residing legacy of the enslaved with portraits of Blalock’s father, son and three nephews.
“Now, not centuries however just a few generations faraway from slavery, we proceed to struggle for human rights for all People,” Blalock mentioned in an artist assertion. “That’s the reason BLACK LIVES MATTER. As a result of African People can nonetheless get killed, harmed, arrested whereas driving whereas Black, strolling whereas Black, jogging whereas Black, birdwatching whereas Black, residing whereas Black.”
Candace Hackett Shively, of Fayetteville, Georgia, intensely depicts the caging of kids in “Unsafe, Unseen, Unheard”; Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, of Cashiers, North Carolina, remembers a traumatic childhood tragedy within the lifetime of her sister-in-law in “Playground of Her Soul”; and Holly Cole, of Triangle, Virginia, shares an uplifting message in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in “Pleasure.”