The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space, 801 McCulloh Street, is now showing its latest exhibition, Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E.
The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space, 801 McCulloh Street, is now showing its latest exhibition, Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither. This collection spans from her personal mentors to Baltimore history and icons from the wider African American community. Artist/teacher/activist/art advocate for children, Baltimorean Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither has designed, pieced, and created documentary story quilts since 2000 with the stitching of her first 10’x9’ monumental size I Am: My Family History Quilt. Her “quilting from the soul” challenges the comfort, protection, and warmth of traditional quilts with “the use of anything and everything necessary to carry the meaning of a story that needs telling, one that only the teller can convey.”
As a retired educator with 44 years of teaching experience, from Maryland Public Schools and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Dr. Gaither continues to hold quilting workshops with increasing collaborative involvement from multiple communities as the stories unfold. Gaither’s sense of urgency and passion encourages community members to capture oralhistories and memories from the aging storytellers in the community and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come. In conjunction with the Storypiece exhibition, the Arena Players Gallery will host a reception and artist talk with Dr. Gaither at 1:30 PM January 13th, 2019 and a Documentary Quilt Workshop to be announced.Gaither’s quilts have recently been shown at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis. Her works speak to a place in many communities—telling one’s own story, telling the stories of others, and finally, helping others to find and tell their ownstories within the context of one shared collective history. Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Joan Gaither is open to the public December 15th, 2018 through February 28th, 2019. Call 410-728-6500 for gallery hours.
Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither
Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space 801 McCulloh St.
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Runs December 15th, 2018 – February 28th, 2019
1:30 PM Sunday, January 13, 2019 Artist’s Talk and Reception TBA 2019 Quilting Workshop with Joan Gaither
(Sunday) 1:30 pm
Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space
801 McCulloh Street, Baltimore MD 21201