Thursday, November 02, 2006

Mini Gallery

Marilyn Hamilton Jackson is my friend and mentor who recently retired from the New York City Department of Education as a dance instructor. My first summer job at the age of 14 was with Marilyn at Jamaica High School in Queens where I was her dance assitant. I went on to graduate college with a BFA in dance, taught dance for the NYC Board of Education for 10 years and did a host of other dance activites and performances. (I now relegate my dancing to The ocassional party and an African dance clas now and then). "For Marilyn" was my gift to her which was presented at her retirement party.

"Give the Drummer Some" is a trbute to my uncle James E. Gadson who is a drummer and vocalist. The quilt contains many names of artists he has recorded with.

"Lisa and the Color Yellow" was the 1st portrait quilt I made in early 2006. It is a picture of my sister when we were kids and the quilt tells the story of how I minipulated her into making her favorite color yellow.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Crazy Crafty People

Let me tell you about crazy crafty people. They just can't stop creating and learning new ways to create. Now, I want to be known as a quilt artist of fine art quality right? So why did I recently take up crocheting at a feverish pace? I've made 2 hats (one with beads) , 2 ponchos and 2 shawls in three weeks. I just received the latest edition of Bead and Button Magazine where it talks about crocheting beaded items that look like beaded embroidery. Lord, give me strength.

The newest work in progress

Here is a peek at the quilt top for "Singing" the Blues". The "Give the Drummer Some " quilt will also be on display.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

HGQC at Striver's Gardens

Check out the newest quilt by Laura R. Gadson. "Singing The Blues" will have its first showing at Strivers Gardens located at 300 West 135th Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and St Nicholas Ave. in Harlem. The Harlem Girls Quilt Circle will host a reception for the exhibit "Syncopated Threads" on 11/16 from 6-8pm .The exhibit will be available for public viewing on the following Sundays from 1pm to 5pm: 11/26, 12/10 and 1/14.

Also: The United Postal Service will present the New American Treasures series of Stamps "Gee's Bend Quilts" as part of the HGQC Syncopated Threads Exhibit. These stamps depict quilts made by African American women from Gee's Bend (officially named Boykin in 1949), Alabama. Stamp presentation and sale of collectible cancellations: November 16th from 10am-12pm at Strivers Gardens.