The Fabric of Our Culture: A Group Quilt Show

The Fabric of Our Culture: A Group Quilt Show

About Joyce Gordon Gallery

A commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland California, Joyce Gordon Gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.

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Artist: Alice Beasley, Marion Coleman, Khristel Johnson, Jackie Bryant Smith and Katie Wishom
Dates: Feb 1st
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us SATURDAY, February 1st 6-9p for the opening reception of “The Fabric of our Culture” A group quilt exhibit in celebration of Black History Month.

Participating artists: Alice Beasley, Marion Coleman, Khristel Johnson, Jackie Bryant Smith and Katie Wishom.

Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1st 6 – 9p
Artist Talk: First Friday, February 7th 7pm

Black History Celebration Event and Lecture: Friday, February 21st 7 – 9pm
Hosted by Ms. Barbara Howard

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “The Fabric of our Culture”, a celebration of African American Culture in America through a group of five bay area quiltmakers and their narrative account of Black History and its present day culture.

From a successful attorney to successful quiltmaker, Alice Beasley has been making fabric portraits in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. Alice uses the ordinary quilter’s tools of commercial fabric and thread to make portraits and vibrant still life compositions. All pieces are cut free-hand from fabric with scissors or rotary cutter, fused and machine appliqued. Her work has been featured in Homage to African-American Artists, limited edition 2010 by the United States Department of State as an official gift of U.S. Ambassadors and other American Embassy diplomats, Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, Masters: Art Quilts, Vol. II published by Lark Books and Patchwork Tsushin (Japan), February, 2012.

Marion Coleman’s work is inspired by people, history, social/cultural events and their impact on our individual and community relationships. Her work explores traditional and contemporary techniques related to quilting and fiber collage with an interested in narrative projects using technology combined with vintage and found materials. Marion has served on the board of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, the African Advisory Council of the Oakland Museum and the board of the Textile Arts Council of the deYoung Museum. She has been featured in several publications including O (Oprah Magazine), Patchwork Tsushin, Textile Forum, 500 Art Quilts, Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Obama.

Khristel Johnson’s quilts explore and incorporate many mediums that would accessorize and accentuate historical events and individuals in a 3-D setting. Nearly two decades ago, Khristel decided to make a personalized quilt for her eldest daughter to capture the milestone and events of her childhood in a creative way. Little did she know at that time that she would later launch the beginnings of her quiltmaking, which eventually resulted in the launch of her business in the spring of 2012. Johnson’s current collection is a result of years of artist expression and the combination of 27 years as an educator.

Jackie Bryant Smith, a native of Oakland studied art at CCAC, Cal State University of Northridge and printmaking at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Her passion for African American History and art inspired her to create many history quilts that she shares at Allensworth State Park, Southern California Jack & Jill of America Black History Program, and the Southern California Delta Sigma Theta Foothill Chapter Black History program.

Katie Wishom grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and currently live in the Bay Area of California. Katie is a member of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland since 2004. After her retirement, she focused her attention on traditional quilting that include: Double Wedding Ring Quilting, Shoo Fly Block and Log Cabin Quilts with the use of African print fabrics both imported and from local print fabric shops.


Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland California. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.