AN AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST OF RENOUN
|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.