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“The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” at Joyce Gordon Gallery 2023

“The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” at Joyce Gordon Gallery 2023


“The Quilters of Gee’s Bend”

March 3 – April 1, 2023

Opening Reception at Joyce Gordon Gallery: Wednesday, March 8th | 6-9pm

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Featured Artists: Gee’s Bend Quilters and featured textile artwork by Nedra T. Williams Curated by Eric Murphy

Where: Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street Oakland, CA. 94612 (12th St. Bart)

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Joyce Gordon Gallery and Martin Luther King Freedom Center presents "The Quilters of Gee’s Bend." An exhibition of many sized quilts by the Gee’s Bend quilters will be on view at the Joyce Gordon Gallery March 1- April 1, 2023 and available for purchase. A featured selection of fabric based assemblage artwork by Nedra T. Williams will be on display.

The quilters of Gee’s Bend, a small town in rural Alabama, are internationally known as culture-bearers of a tradition that dates back to slavery and before. Their quilts—works of supreme and sublime craftsmanship, design, utility and art—are artifacts that stand witness to generations of challenge and triumph. They tell--and prompt--stories of the singular importance of community work in unifying and lifting up. They memorialize beloved community and the beloved, whose clothing is tenderly worked into captivating geometric patterns and artistry from Mother to Daughter to Granddaughter and Grandson and beyond.

Because of the quilters’ organizing and work, the stories of Black history and the power of collective, intergenerational collaboration have spread far beyond the town limits of Gee’s Bend. The legacy of the quilters of Gee’s Bend has a rightful place at the center of the rich traditions of African American visual art, literature, music, dance and craft that indelibly define and celebrate American culture.

The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture, March 4, 2023

On Saturday, March 4, at 7:00 pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, Ms. Mary Ann Pettway, Ms. China Pettway and Ms. Julia Pettway share some of their work and experiences with quilting, storytelling and song in Black history and culture and the transformative role community work plays in preserving the essential pluralism that fuels American democracy. A selection of quilts will be on view at the lecture. The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris lecture Series is co-presented by Peralta Community College District, Joyce Gordon Gallery and Martin Luther king Jr. Freedom Center. For more information regarding this March 4th event, please contact the Martin Luther King Freedom Center at 510.434.3988

Nedra T. Williams is a mixed media artist, designer and illustrator. She is the owner of and curator for Conjure Collage Art and Design Studio located in Oakland, CA. She has a passion for bold colors, lines and layering, and varied forms. She favors acrylics and uses a variety of materials including varied papers, fabrics, glass, stencils, and photography.

Ms. Williams is a retired English and Philosophy teacher. Her artist pursuits now occupy most of her time. She has had over twenty group shows and fourteen solo engagements since 2007. Her commissioned works range from shattered glass and ancestral objects, floral mannequins and large collage hangings and paintings.

Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland, California. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience. IG/FB @Joycegordongallery

406 14th St., Oakland, Ca. 94612 | Wed - Sat 1 - 6pm |

Event Info

  • Dates: March 3, 2023 - April 1, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Joyce Gordon Gallery
  • Address: 406 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
  • Time: 6:00 PM
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