Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flying Among the Stars


Flying Among the Stars  by Faith Ringgold   from google image for educational purposes only

I have had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Ringgold speak twice in my life.  Once I drove to Sarasota, Florida to hear her speak at the city convention center and what I remember from that time was my first introduction to Ringgold's Tar Beach.  I was enamored by the piece and the qualities of  quilting/fabric as art and the story telling emphasis of the work.  Later she did a childrens' book called aTar Beach which was a wonderful introduction to her art and the culture of Harlem and the African American experience.  I would see her again where she spoke at a national art education conference and again I was so impressed with her as an artist and as a person.  She has a generous larger than life personality.  

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