Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Quilt Dedication Ceremony and a new tour date

Please join us next Wednesday, December 9, 2009, for the Black Watermen of the Chesapeake quilt dedication ceremony. The event will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum located at 723 Second St., Annapolis, MD, 21403 at 10 a.m. This will be the first time the finished quilt will be on public display.

The event will be inspiring and entertaining, but I can't say too much more about it as we are trying to keep as much of it a surprise for Dr. Gaither as possible. This isn't the easiest feat in the world as she seems to be very good at getting information. Fortunately, those in the know aren't talking despite her best attempts.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. If you would like more information, contact either Vince Leggett of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation at 410.570.1187 or vleggett@blackschesapeake.org or myself at 410.216.6186 or GKaplan@goci.state.md.us.

The dedication ceremony has been timed to coincide with the beginning of the first leg of her national tour. All six of the My American Series quilts will be leaving a few days later for the first ever exhibition of the entire series. The first stop is in Hartford, CT and will take place in two locations. The My American Series quilts will be on display at the Capital Community College beginning the end of December through mid-February as part of a community-wide quilting exhibition initiative. Several of Dr. Gaither's other works including four quilts inspired by the Gee's Bend quilts will be on display at the Hartford Stage to correspond with the run of a new play on Gee's Bend from January 14-February 11, 2010.

After they return from Connecticut, three of the My American Series quilts will go on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore from March 3-June 6, 2010. The full series will be "reunited" in Baltimore for a one month exhibition from June 18-July 14, 2010 at the School 33 Arts Center. Additional dates and locations will be announced here shortly.

I hope you can join us for the dedication next week and make this event a truly special one.

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