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Community Opening - Shaping the Vessel, Quilts & Social Fabric, Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes

Community Opening - Shaping the Vessel, Quilts & Social Fabric, Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes

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Pick: Community Opening - Shaping the Vessel, Quilts & Social Fabric, Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes

Details: Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. Admission: Members Free, $5 General Public, (RSVP)

Viewpoint: The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture is rolling out three new summer 2016 exhibitions at the same time this weekend and your first chance to see this array of mixed-media artworks and ideas is this Saturday's community opening. On display will be Shaping the Vessel, a retrospective look at the long illustrious careers of master woodworkers and lathes-men John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel. Alongside them will be 30 mixed media artworks by painter, collagist, and Charlotte native Nellie Ashford, whose new exhibition,Through My Eyes, will include folk artworks that incorporate a mix of materials often reflecting real-life experiences: families, children, dancers, musicians, and the Charlotte of her past, with vibrant detail and emotion, rendered with vintage fabrics. Lastly, a new exhibition titled Quilts and Social Fabric will be on display. This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative and artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed-media artists who improvise upon the form. Together these exhibitions offer a deeper look at African American arts and culture as defined by the hand of master craftspeople. Artists representing all three exhibitions will be available during Saturday's opening to answer questions.—Joshua Peters

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