King Drive Commons Gallery Night

Rita Cox, stands in front of one of her quilts with her mother, Louise McKinnie. (Photos by Robert A. Bell)

Recently on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 The Historic Third Ward Association held its Gallery Night and Day event.

Terry Sims, son of the late artist Sylvester Sims who recently passed on Oct. 6 at the age of 83. Terry took in the Gallery Night & Day Event at the King Drive Commons.

The King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio located at 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. presented a special presentation entitled, ‘If These Quilts Could Talk… African American Quilting Traditions’.

Rita Cox, stands in front of one of her quilts with her sister Linda Powds.

Quilts were featured by Rita Cox and other African American quiltmakers who reflect in their works the creative spirit and beauty of the African American experience. Participants and guests of the gallery on these two special days joined in on stories, narratives and discussions about the rich tradition of African American quilting. Live jazz was performed by the Larry Moore Trio and a performance by Handsberry- Sands Theatre Company. Refreshments and culinary delights were provided by B.R. Smith Catering