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For Immediate Release
January 21, 2010
Amy E. Milne, Executive Director
(828) 251-7073
[email protected]

"Connected by Threads" Event in Washington, DC
Asheville, North Carolina, Thursday, January 21, 2010 --The nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts will host two fundraising events in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 4.

The "Connected by Threads" events will celebrate quilts, quiltmakers and quilt history through the lens of two speakers, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi and Le Rowell, both board members of The Alliance for American Quilts (AAQ). The events will benefit the nonprofit AAQ, a national organization that documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers (www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org). Both Mazloomi and Rowell will be sharing quilts from their own collections and studies. "Connected by Threads" is sponsored by Lisa Ellis of the Sacred Threads Exhibit and maker of Art Call, the on-line artist registration, jurying and exhibit administration system, www.ellisquilts.com, and the Rowell Family Charities.

Connected by Threads image"Events like this make it possible to learn about quilts through the eyes of both the artist and the scholar", said event sponsor Lisa Ellis. "Seeing quilts in person amongst other quilt enthusiasts is a real treat and a great reminder of the important role that quilts play in American culture and women's history; and the power of the quilter's art to empower people and make the world a better place."

"Connected by Threads" includes two events. A combined ticket to both events is $85 for AAQ members and $100 for nonmembers. An afternoon lecture titled "From the Country to the City: An Aesthetic Survey of African American Quilts," will be presented by Mazloomi, noted quilt historian, artist and founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network. The lecture and tea reception will be held from 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at 1201 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Individual tickets are $17 for AAQ members and $20 for non-members.
Also on exhibit at the Sumner School during this event is "Legacies in Fabric: The Heritage of Quilting and Quilters," by the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons, a DC-area quilting group formed in the 1970's. Twenty members of the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons have been interviewed for the AAQ's grassroots oral history project, Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories, http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/.
The evening component of "Connected by Threads" honors longtime board member Le Rowell, an independent curator and lecturer on quilts and diplomacy. Rowell's lecture is
titled "Quilt Diplomacy Connecting People." Mazloomi will also make remarks at the dinner, and a brief overview of the work of the Alliance for American Quilts will be shared. The dinner, lecture and a silent auction of quilts and quilt-related items will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the DACOR Bacon House, located at 1801 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Individual tickets for the dinner are $75 for AAQ members and $90 for non-members. Table reservations are also available.
For complete information and online ticket sales, visit the AAQ website: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/events.php.
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