Mentor Series 3
Unwrapping Vanessa Art Rage Gallery 2017
The Visual Artists
The defiant and rebellious women joined hands,
and held the line.
We protected our still-damp newly born creations,
just cut from their umbilical cords
orange red purple green electric blues
taking their first breath in the summer wind.
He said that we shouldn’t be birthing tie dye on his sabbath,
and we were evil women to disobey.
“Listen to me, for I speak for the Holy Trinity.”
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Male, of Men, and Male Voiced
But we, the Mary’s, of Virgin Birth and Magdalene
Held the line, as his hand reached
to abort our birthings
and stomp them in the ground
“Hail Mary, full of Grace!”
We are women who know our place!
This quilt honors Megan White and Lauren Austin, past Directors of the Community Folk Art Gallery, and the Women of the Beauchamp Library Sankofa Piecemakers Quilting Circle
“As Directors of the Community Folk Art Gallery, Megan and Lauren created a place for women to gather on Saturday mornings and birth art; sometimes under opposition from those who wanted to control women’s expressions. It was there I created my first art pieces. And as a member of the Sankofa Piecemakers, Lauren taught me to find my own voice in Quilt World...to break all the rules!”