Barbara Kramer Gallery

January 31- February 29, 2024

Miniature Echoes: Through the Art of the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers by fiber artist Susan Hess
The exhibit is in recognition of Black History Month.

In 2006, the U.S. Postal Service chose ten quilts created by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and issued a book of 39¢ stamps as  “American Treasures:  Quilts of Gee’s Bend.”  Inspired by the exhibit of the quilts at the Philadelphia Art Museum, the life stories of the women of Gee’s Bend, and the recent pandemic and social unrest, Maine fiber artist Susan Hess has replicated the ten stamps in miniature using weaving and embroidery techniques. She has self-published an autobiographic book entitled Miniature Echoes Through the Art of the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers. 

On Tuesday February 6th, at 4:00 pm Susan will give a brief history of the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers and how her project unfolded. Books and note cards will be for sale at the reception. All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.

Susan has self-published an autobiographic book entitled ‘Miniature Echoes Through the Art of the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers‘. She exhibits the artwork and presents programs to share how endeavors of creative imagination can reorient the societal, cultural and personal considerations of one’s awareness.

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The Belfast Free Library is the first host in the year-long series of seven coastal libraries. Penobscot Marine Museum is a co-sponsor of the exhibit, which is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life, growing up in Florida and living in midcoast Maine for fifty years. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine, and her poetry, essay, and fiction have appeared in over forty journals. Her hybrid memoir, “Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages”, was published by Burrow Press in 2018. Her latest hybrid, “Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands” (Huntress Press 2022), is the first installment in a series of creative and eclectic responses to the beauties and realities of islands across the North Atlantic Rim.



About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.