Rev. Dr. Wormack-Keels will lead Seat at the Table discussion

Loveland, Ohio – National non-profit based in Loveland, The Grail in The US, has announced its 2022 showcase for the Art at The Oratory Series in collaboration with Heritage Village Museum and Education Center. A Seat at the Table features Grail member Renee Wormack-Keels, a quilter based in Columbus. Rev. Dr. Wormack-Keels will lead an Artist Talk focusing on the role her art has played in her personal life and the purpose of her art in documenting and activating social transformation.Ā 

According to Wormack-Keels, ā€œHistorically womenā€™s stories are either ignored or reduced in favor of another to subjugate their value, contributions, and importance. Telling stories has always been a part of the quilting traditions of African American women. In fact, every quilt has a story either in front of it or behind it. Each quilter, in my experience, generally has been inspired to make a quilt with intention.ā€  

While the showcase is a one-day event, Rev. Dr. Wormack-Keels has curated an exhibit of over twenty quilts which will remain available for viewing until October 15th. When asked why it was important to give African-American women a seat at the table by sharing their stories in her art, Wormack-Keels said, ā€œThere are many reasons, and I may not be able to share them all, but it is important to know and hear the genesis of these quilts in this exhibition.ā€

After the Artist Talk, quilters from the Heritage Village Museum Quilters Society will have circles set up where attendees can sit and sew as they experience the historical importance of such circles. The event will take place the afternoon of Saturday August 6th from 1 until 4 PM and is free of charge; donations are always appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing art@grail-us.org and follow the Grail Facebook and Instagram for more details. RSVPs are not required. For the safety of all, attendees who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear masks.

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