For Immediate Release August 1, 2012
Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore:A Fiber Arts Exhibition
City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Historic Charleston, SC
On view August 28 through October 28, 2012
.Opening Reception Sept 8th, 2012 5pm to 8pm
Torreah "Cookie" Washington – Curator
Phone 843 259 8108
Come this September, City Gallery at Waterfront Park in historic Charleston, South Carolina will be the place to be. Announcing: “Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore: A Fiber Arts Exhibition”.
This textile art show will be on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, from August 28 to October 28, 2012. More than 100 art quilts and art dolls will explore the visual representations of myths of Afro-centric mermaids -- water spirits celebrated throughout Africa and the Afro-Atlantic world as deities.
A color-drenched exhibition catalogue, Black Mermaids in Vision & Verse, invites you to celebrate the relationship between fine craft and soaring poetic verse that speaks of the black mermaid. For the first time poets have been tasked with writing poems to accompany a fiber arts exhibit dealing with one specific subject. Dive in to the rich, juicy, Mermaid poetry and the vivid, affecting, powerful collection of artwork and you will be baptized into the undersea world of the Merpeople.
Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore promises to be a visual journey of color and inspiration, an inspiring feast of imagination and expression. Art dolls and art quilts depicting mermaids and water spirits will delight and educate the public about this little known folklore. The fine craftsmanship in Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore is griot in nature. This exhibit brings together both critically acclaimed and emerging fiber artists. Each piece is a storyteller, using color, texture, form and embellishment to express a narrative.
City Gallery at Waterfront Park in historic Charleston, South Carolina, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. “There could not be a more perfect site for the mermaids.”, Cookie Washington said enthusiastically.
Mermaid stories may have first come to the USA through the South Carolina Low Country with the first three black slaves that arrived in the year 1670 along with Colonial Barbadian immigrants. African-based faiths honoring black mermaids have continued to flourish throughout much of the Americas. Today, new communities of color have reestablished, revisualized, and revitalized African water spirits in their art. The quilting and doll-making traditions have also undergone a renaissance as utilitarianism has given way to fine crafts. Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore is a journey of color and inspiration, a visual feast of imagination and expression. The fine craftsmanship in Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore is griot in nature,” says Curator Cookie Washington. She has brought together both critically acclaimed and emerging fiber artists. “Each piece is a storyteller, using color, texture, form and embellishment to express a narrative.”
Photos available upon request.
What do these have in common?:
Pliny the Elder, First Century AD,Bartholomaeus Anglicus,Christopher Columbus, the first 3 enslaved Africans brought to the South Carolina Low Country,P. T. Barnum, Henry Hudson, explorer of the Hudson River and the current Water Resources Minister Zimbabwe
They all have seen mermaids
Contact: Torreah Cookie Washington Curator
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