In celebration of Black History Month (February 2021), Gibsons Public Art Gallery hosted Sunshine Coast artist Denise Brown’s Fabric of Freedom watercolour paintings collection. I was honoured to be a small part of this beautiful and important exhibit.
There was an excellent article in our local Coast Reporter newspaper that recapped the exhibition more eloquently that I ever could.
"According to oral accounts passed down since [the 1860s], coded messages sewn into quilts helped many of the 100,000 Black captives escape to freedom in the northern U.S. and Canada along a network of routes and safe-houses known as the Underground Railroad, beginning in the late 1700s. The folklore about quilts and other secret signals has been largely validated in a historical text published in 2000, Hidden in Plain View, by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard."
From the Article...
For more information about last month's event, you can visit the Gibsons Public Art Gallery website (https://gpag.ca/past/feb-1-feb-28-black-history-month-denise-brown/) or watch the video that's embedded at the top of this post.