Monday, January 21, 2008

Venus Blue - Quilts on Display in Peoria

Quilts of the late Sistah Quilter Venus Blue are on display at the Peoria Art Guild 203 Harrison Street - Peoria, Illinois 61602. Phone 309.637.2787

"Fact, Fallacy and Illusion: Historical African-American Imagery" is the title of this solo exhibit on display January 18 - March 1, 2008. Get there if you can! I twice saw Venus Blue quilts on display while visiting friends in Chicago. They were arresting. An exhibit of the same title was on display in 1996 at the Satori Fine Art Gallery in Chicago. According to, "Blue died of breast cancer in 1997 at the age of 46, and her daughter, Davina Sharee Frazier of Dunlap, has loaned her mother's works for the local exhibit. ... Before her death, Blue received numerous awards from Chicago arts and cultural groups as well as national fellowships and grants. Among her commissioned works is a Kwanzaa quilt at Chicago's Harper High School and quilts for the 100th anniversary of Jane Addams' Hull House in Chicago and South African Bishop Desmond Tutu." The quilts are remarkable. Enjoy!

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