Friday, July 11, 2014

Art in the Stacks: Art Quilts from Haiti

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of art quilts from Haiti, on display on the library’s Art Wall on the lower level throughout the month of July. "Art in the Stacks" is an initiative of the Friends of the Library to provide artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art throughout the year.

This month's exhibit has been put together by PeaceQuilts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, economic development organization relieving poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting independent, member-owned, women's sewing cooperatives in Haiti. Currently PeaceQuilts works with approximately 100 women organized into cooperatives in Lilavois, Damassin, Saut-D'eau, and Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince. PeaceQuilts provides training, materials, supplies, marketing assistance, and educational opportunities.

Local author Nora Nevin and photographer Harvey Beth have contributed to a recent book about the project, “Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti and their Power to Change Women’s Lives.” The book is available for checkout from the Vineyard Haven library and other CLAMS libraries.

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