Columbus, Ohio (PressExposure) March 31, 2011 -- The King Arts Complex in collaboration with the African Parish House Quilters are proud to present the highly anticipated opening exhibition of "Jazz! Art Quilts in Performance", Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in The Elijah Pierce Gallery. This exhibition celebrates quilts and jazz as an art form in the cultural heyday of music and craft.
Dr. Marlene OBryant Seabrook (Charleston, SC), renowned Quilter, Educator, and Jazz Advocate will showcase her magnificent quilts along with traditionally styled Quilts from the African Parish House Quilters of Columbus.
Dr. Marlene OBryant Seabrooks introduction to her medium is unusual in that she recalls no exposure to it until she was an adult. In the 1980s, close to retirement, she stumbled upon her artistic talent. While observing a middle school special education class in which the instructor was teaching cross-stitch, Dr.OBryant-Seabrook asked for directions to help a student. Fascinated with the process, she went so far as to walk into her first needlework store, purchase a few cross-stitch graphs, and complete some squares to frame. Months later in a high school breezeway, she became unexpectedly captivated by a quilt featuring cross-stitched Charleston-themed blocks as part of a raffle.
African Parish House Quilters of Columbus, OH was born from a spiritual vision received in December 1996 by Pastor William Amanze and Deborah E. Pinckney to promote history and help others through quilting. The APH Quilters participate in two community service projects each year allowing quilters to share their craft, while also giving back to the community. They make baby quilts for at-risk newborns and quilts for the homeless. To date APH have made and donated more than 500 quilts to organizations such as: The Neighborhood House's Nest program, the Gibson House, the Pregnancy Decision Center, Take It to the Street Foundation, the Holy Rosary Family Shelter, the Teresa Dowd School for the Homeless, and Southside Settlement House.
In addition to the exhibition, the African Parish House Quilters will host the Quilting Workshop on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 to noon. This pleasurable morning will involve sharing stories, enjoying the colorful sounds of jazz music, and learning traditional quilting techniques from the finest quilt artists in Central Ohio. Registration is required by calling 614.645.0644 or visit us http://www.thekingartscomplex.com/.
Jazz! Art Quilts Performance is made possible by a grant from Ohio Arts Council.