Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the members of the Frontera Quilt Guild in Harlingen, Texas. Sharing art quilts, and more importantly, providing a preview of E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth (EPU II), showed just how important this exhibit is.
Before the meeting and during the break, the quilts of EPU II were available for up close viewing. During the presentation, I read the statements and spoke about the purpose of the exhibit, intent of the artists and techniques utilized in the works while guild volunteers walked the room with the quilts.
Through the art of fiber and words, each quilt told a story of just one aspect of how each came to be American, as well as Canadian for some of our artists. Whether they traveled from other continents, or spoke to their Native American ancestry, all the participants portrayed the pride they feel in E Pluribus Unum, and provided hope that we all can be part of one America, out of many cultures.
Speaking to a full house, and into overtime, the quilts of EPU II, as well as some of my own cultural art quilts, touched everyone. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before all questions could be answered, but some members stayed beyond the lecture to talk more about the quilts while I packed up the exhibit.
On behalf of the artists of EPU II, and the artists of Quiltart.com, thank you Frontera Quilt Guild for hosting E Pluribus Unum II. It was a joy to visit with you all and hear some of the stories of how you came to be American. Each is unique and, simultaneously, universal.
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