four back-to-school giveaways
This back-to-school giveaway features the book The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goodman Rubin. There are four giveaways—each valued at $22.
The story of the Gee’s Bend Quilters is well-known. Descended from slaves, they survived as tenant farmers working a stubby peninsula of land in the Alabama River. Six days a week they toiled and on the seventh they went to church. Somehow the women of Gee’s Bend squeezed in making quilts from scraps of anything.
When the price of cotton fell in the late 1920s, the members of the all-black community lost everything. In 1937 the government bought the Gee’s Bend plantation and divided the land into small farms. With federal help, the locals bought the land and built Roosevelt houses. Poverty still reigned with 10-hour work days, no electricity, and no running water.
From this baleful background, the women of Gee’s Bend continued to pick up needle and thread, and kept quilting. In the 1960s, a visiting civil-rights worker saw their radiant quilts and sent sent some to New York City where they were auctioned off—with the proceeds benefitting the Gee’s Bend community. A business was born, Freedom Quilting Bee, and soon quilts were sold in Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bonwit Teller.
In 2002, Bill Arnett and his son Matt introduced the “eye-poppingly gorgeous” quilts to the art world where they made a meteoric rise to fame—exhibiting in Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Whitney in New York. In the last 15 years, the quilts have been featured in umpteen museum exhibits, art gallery shows, coffee table books, and more—including commemorative stamps by the US Post Office.This book was written for young readers of ten or eleven—the same age when many girls of Gee’s Bend made their first quilts. The thin volume combines history and an inspirational account of remarkable American women who made world-changing scrappy quilts.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winners are Karen F of San Jose CA, Barbara H of Springdale AR, Barbara M of Buena Park CA, and Ginger R of Seattle WA.
To participate in the Back-To-School giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How have the quilts of Gee’s Bend touched you?
HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The 2017 Back-To-School giveaway drawing will be held at midnight PST on September 30, 2017. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to my Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing for the The Quilts of Gee’s Bend book. The winners will be notified within 24 hours. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!
To buy this book on Amazon +click here
To learn more and see photos of more Gee’s Bend quilts +click here
Thank you ABRAMS for the donation of the books!
This is an unsponsored giveaway with no compensation given to Okan Arts.