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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we made a special trip to Black Belt Treasures in Camden. It had been a while since our last visit and I couldn't wait to see all the new things they had - plus I was looking forward to a surprise visit with my friend Sulynn there, who really is a treasure all her own.

One of the things what makes Black Belt Treasures so interesting is that they only accept art made by people who live in the Black Belt...so when you visit, it's exciting just to see who they have discovered now.

Everything was looking *so* beautiful - displays of functional pottery and face jugs:

More pottery and baskets:

Works by Charlie Lucas, including the framed "Rag Lady":


Jack-o-lanterns by Miller Pottery, a multi-generational Black Belt pottery:

Even more beautiful quilts (some quilts they carry are by the Freedom Quilting Bee):


...I really wanted to bring home this wreath:

What we did bring home were some ceiling fan pulls for the boys' rooms:

...and this large wooden hanging ornament by Tyree McCloud (who did all the Gee's Bend murals) of a Loretta Pettway quilt:
Not sure if I want to spray it with some kind of weatherproofing and hang it in the garden, or enjoy it inside...

Earlier this month "President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts" closed in Maryland. The Alliance for American Quilts has pics of the quilts and interviews with the quilters at their site here. This quilt by Susan Shie is...wow!

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