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Learn about African American Artistry in Quilts

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The Trent House Association presents “African American Artistry in Quilts,” a talk by members of the Princeton Sankofa Stitchers Modern Quilt Guild whose work is currently on display at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie.

The Trent House program, which will include displays of additional quilts accompanied by poetry, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St. (across from the Hughes Justice Complex), Trenton, N.J.

Mada Coles Galloway, Juandamarie Gikandi and Gail Mitchell, members of the Sankofa Stitchers, will speak about the art and craft of quilting, the history of the Guild and their personal background in quilting, and what inspires their work.

The guild takes its name from a symbol of the Akan people of Ghana, which means, “return and get it.” This phrase aptly describes the use of an old craft to bring African American history and experience to light in an innovative way.

Galloway is a retired educator and is accomplished in various needle crafts, with quilting being her special passion. She favors modern traditional and improvisational quilting styles and uses her own patterns.

Gikandi is also an educator and textile artist. She uses a wide range of fabrics in new and original patterns in her quilts to highlight the importance of material culture in the African American community.

Mitchell’s specialty is photo transfer and signature quilts, with an extensive collection signed by actors and actresses, politicians, poets and colleagues. A published poet, she is also a public school educator.

Tickets are $8 for association members and $10 for nonmembers and include refreshments. Free off-street parking is available. Information is available at williamtrenthouse.org/events.


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