So, in true fashion, The Sister and I always seem to catch exhibits on the very last day, and the Sew What? Textile Art Exhibit hosted by The Hattiesburg Arts Council was not exception. We made it there with forty-five minutes to spare. However, it was plenty of time to see and fully appreciate the exhibit, luckily enough.
The exhibit touted works from The Pine Belt Quilters, which was founded in 1984. “These dedicated quilters, some 150 strong, meet monthly and hold biennial Fiber Art and Quilt show.” – as lifted from the HAC email.
There were also a few African Story Quilts from Atlanta resident, Janice Hunter. “As a professional fabric artist, Janice Hunter has been sewing since childhood. In recent years, however, her work has evolved from traditional bed covers to art quilts which have been exhibited in many different venues.” – also lifted from the HAC email.
So, let’s get to it. I didn’t take pictures of every piece, but it’s nearly everything that awas there. Lots of phenomenal work under the cut. Also, I snapped a few of the building since the HAC is now housed in our former library.
We’ll start with Janice Hunter, and continue in groupings after that, though that is not how it was all laid out. Sadly there was no information on how these pieces were made or any information on Hunters’ pieces. There was probably a lecture of some sort with the exhibit’s opening, perhaps..? But, some more information besides the scant details in the HAC emails would have been appreciated and would have gone along nicely with the actual art.
This quilt, by Jo-Ann Evans, was on the second floor cat-walk and impossible to get a shot head on.
This lady made a cocktail dress with a quilted train. I only took photos of the train and not the entire piece (because… I don’t even know why), but the dress was a form fitting, strapless, mid-thigh dress in purplish-blue with sequins, with the train attached to the back by only a corner. They also had information about it… sort of.
Betty & Joe Bingham are a married quilting team. We did hear one story surrounding a quilt and it was that Joe gave Betty a ring for their fiftieth anniversary, so she quilted the ring (second piece by Betty).
Lastly for the quilts, we have pieces from Martha Ginn. She’s apparently the president of the Pine Belt Quilters and had the most pieces in the show (of the photos I took, six!) Fair? Not fair? You decide! Though, her work is lovely. Also, apparently she lived near some family friends at one point.
Here’s a few shots I took because I love our old library building, which was built in 1930. It’s a 2.5 story building, with the basement being library offices and the children’s section; now home to the Historical society and the Hattiesburg Museum. The main floor (second floor) was the main (adult and reference sections) library as well as the main entrance, and it has a half floor balcony above it; which they now refer to as the third floor according to their elevator.