Join the Heritage Quilters THIS Saturday (8/31) at the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, NC.
We will hit the stage in the Village Tent at 1:30pm.
For more details, visit the event website here.
We are deeply humbled and grateful for the steady flow of love and support from everyone who attended our STAY WOKE quilt show.
When it was suggested by one of our quilters to depict social justice issues through the quilting arts, we knew (or at least hoped) the works would transcend beyond fabric and thread.
We wanted to start a discussion. And we did.
When quilt and art enthusiasts crossed the threshold of the Aaron Hendrick house, a historic landmark in Warren County, NC, they were exposed to imagery, some symbolic, some literal, but all meaningful.
Several attendees wanted to know more about the quilts, a step beyond the description cards placed beside them. We graciously obliged.
Thank you to all the town, county, and state officials and everyone who attended our quilt show.
Special thanks to the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, NC for sharing and allowing us to display your beautiful and poignant works on our walls.
To the art students at the Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy — We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with you all and were left in awe of your artistic visions and the produced work.
We look forward to seeing you all at the next quilt show. – HQ
Not simply a trending topic on social media or a hit song by Childish Gambino, to be “WOKE” means to become and maintain an awareness of social, identity, and racial injustices plaguing society.
This year, the Heritage Quilters are intertwining this message with intricately selected fabric for our upcoming quilt show, STAY WOKE.
HERITAGE QUILTERS HIGHLIGHT SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES IN UPCOMING QUILT EXHIBITION, ‘STAY WOKE’
This year’s show features quilts made by members of Warrenton’s Heritage Quilters and Durham’s African American Quilt Circle, encompassing social justice issues intricately depicted through textiles.
(WARRENTON, NC – May 20, 2019) The passion for quilt-making thrives among the Heritage Quilters, a group of women and men from Warren and Vance counties. Continuing to reflect the quilters’ enthusiasm for the art form, this year’s show, STAY WOKE depicts social justice issues intertwined within various textiles. In conjunction with Public Art Day, the show will open Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am-4pm at the Historic Aaron Hendrick House at 105 South Front Street in Warrenton, NC.
“Quilts have always told stories,” Jereann King Johnson commenting about the quilt show’s theme. “Contemporary quilters capture in their works current events and stories relevant to their times.”
Also, the Heritage Quilters will incorporate quilts from the African American Quilting Circle of Durham, NC as well as a special addition by the art students of Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy in Littleton, NC.
The show is free and open to the public.
Heritage Quilter Jereann led an interactive and fascinating discussion about the art of quilting, bestowed historic gems, and introduced the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The QuiltMakers of Gee’s Bend on Friday, February 22nd.
To give the audience a more tactile experience, there were several Gee Bend-style quilts on display, several provided by iconic fiber artist, Sauda Zahra.
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Building on the momentum of the arts and culture resurgence in Warren County, the Heritage Quilters Giving Circle, Inc. will be featured on an upcoming PBS series, Family Pictures USA.
Family Pictures USA is a documentary-style television show focusing on bringing people together to share family photos and stories through “Community Photo Sharing.” A production crew visited the Historic Aaron Hendrick House Tuesday, November 6 to document the Heritage Quilters in action as well as include a special appearance by NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, who read one of her poems.
The shoot lasted for about five hours and featured the Heritage Quilters discussing their Stitching Life Stories art quilts and several brought photographs that inspired their works.
The Heritage Quilters will be featured in the Family Pictures USA’s third episode and will air in 2019.
More details will be available closer to the air date and will be posted on HeritageQuilters.net.
Photo Credit: Crystal Myrick