sherlingandmccrawDenton County Museums will highlight Black History Month during its lecture series this month. One of the captivating lectures will include a talk by Master Quilters Teresa Sherlingand Barbara McCraw on “Quilt as Art”.

In honor of Black History Month, the quilter’s will showcase various pieces with an emphasis on their African American quilts including the Underground Railroad quilt. The FREE lecture is open to the public and will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 12:15 until 1:00 in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at the Courthouse-on-the-Square. The Museum located at 110 W. Hickory.

During the lecture, Sherling and McCraw will discuss the inspiration for their quilts, why each quilt was made and the method for making their quilts. “We will show how fun it is to manipulate the fabric and how it is done,” affirms Barbara adding that they plan to cover the Free Motion Sewing Technique.

Sherling’s works have been juried in exhibits with the Greater Denton Arts Council, she is a ribbon winner in the Master’s Category of Traditional Applique’ at the Dallas Quilt Show, and one of her art quilts was featured in the Sophisticate's Hairstyle Guide magazine.big_bang_theory

Along with being Sherling’s business partner and close friend, McCraw is also a multiple ribbon winner in the Masters Category at Dallas Quilt Shows and her quilts have been juried into the American and International Quilt Shows.  Her most recent work, Growing a New America, was selected for inclusion into Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi’s book, Journey of Hope-Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama. The quilt is exhibited at the National African American Museum and was chosen as one of three in the collection to go into the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.  Two additional pieces Oya II and Zenobia were shown in Lyon, France at the Quilt Expo en Beaujolais. Two of her unique coats, The Gospel Truth and Piano Dancing, were chosen for the Texas Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.

McCraw’s work is also on display in the Denton County Museums. Three Wishes, which was designed at the request of the Denton County Historical Commission, hangs in the Denton County African American Museum.

Another interesting lecture that Sherling and McCraw also have available is Two Visions One Soul.  This lecture illustrates "how two women, one Black, one White, from two very different backgrounds, found more common ground than differences.” To find out more about this lecture, contact them through B & T Quilt Studio.
Denton County Museum Lecture Series for FebruarygrowinganewamericaThursday, February 2  *  11:00 – 11:45

Family Exhibits in the Museum:  How the walls talk!

Thursday, February 9  *  11:00 – 11:45 Stories told about Quakertown

Wednesday, February 22  *  11:00 – 11:45 Thinking about the Garden for Spring?

Wednesday, February 29  *  11:00 – 11:45 The Woman of the House: History & Future

These lectures will be held at the Denton County African American Museum located at 317 West Mulberry Street.

Lectures are held monthly. All lectures are FREE, open to the Public and Handicapped Accessible. Information is available at www.dentoncounty.com or call 940.349.2850

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