YSAC Gallery

“Suffragists: And They Persisted!”

Quilts Celebrating Passage of 19th Amendment, 1920

August 16th-September 15th
Reception August 16th 6-9 pm
At the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery
Quilts by the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network

Debra Bentley, Ann Diller, Ronnie Doyal, Jennifer Greenup, Joni Kreitzer, Fran LaSalle, Janet Lasley, Molinda Lauxmiller, Peg Matley, Linda Morgan, Shannon Naik, Carroll Schleppi, Maxine Thomas, Chris Zurbuchen

The YS Historical Society will host a MVAQN presentation at the  YSAC Gallery on the Suffragists Sunday 9/15  from 2-4pm.

The program will cover: Who are these women and men? Why were they chosen? How the artists worked to portray them.

 “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.”

On August 18, 1920, Harry T. Burns, Tennessee state congressman cast his ballot in support of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He did so on the instructions of his Mother. With that vote, 36 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, the required three-fourths of the 48 states for passage.  On August 26, 1920, the Amendment was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, Tennessee.

In celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Miami Valley Art Quilt Network presents an exhibit of art quilts that highlight the women and men who fought for this Amendment.  From Abigail Adams in 1776 asking her husband at the Continental Congress, “…I desire you would remember the ladies…” to the final state ratification August 20, 1920, suffragists have persisted for woman’s right to vote.  The suffragists chosen for the exhibit may be lesser known names, but each significantly helped forward the cause.

Each artist had the difficult job of deciding how to depict these courageous suffragists.  The research done by each artist made us aware of the extraordinary people we wanted to portray.  Once the topic is decided, the work tends to proceed quickly.  A number of techniques are used;  raw edge applique, painting the quilt surface, dying fabric, and embroidery.

In addition, there is a series of 12” square quilts illustrating Mother Goose as a Suffragette, published in 1912 by the New York State Woman Suffrage Party.  These are displayed along with the nursery rhyme.

MVAQN is a collective of fiber artists, surface designers, quilters, knitters, printmakers, weavers, spinners, rug hookers and more.

Please visit their web site for more information: http://www.mvaqn.com

YS Arts Council Gallery  111 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio

Open Gallery Hours are Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 pm