Currently on view:
From September 3-24, The Studios of Key West hosts an exhibition for Quilts for Kids Nepal, a charitable organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 3 with a reception from 6-8pm.
Quilts for Kids Nepal is a microfinance project which provides work for economically-challenged women and finances education for underprivileged children. Founded in 2006, the project employs women who create hand-sewn quilts incorporating found and up-cycled fabrics.
“Humanitarian efforts and outreach programs focusing on Nepal have been important in light of the destruction caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the region in April,” says Erin Stover-Sickmen, Artistic Director, “This program is especially important, because the sale of just one quilt covers all educational costs for a child of the begging camp for one year.”
Sold internationally, the purchase price of each quilt funds school tuition, school uniforms, shoes, pencils, books and backpacks for the children of the quilters.
Twenty-four quilts will be on display and available for purchase; crafted with vibrantly colored, lightweight fabrics, the quilts work perfectly in an island climate.
Also on view in the XOJ Gallery, the Studio Artists turn their spaces inside out for the month of September, displaying their latest pieces. Artists will share works that they have created over the last several months in their new home.
The exhibition features the work of Avis Collins Robinson, Jeffrey Cardenas, Pam Hobbs, Michael Marrero, Judi Bradford, Danette Baso Silvers, Marky Pierson, Mark Hedden and Claire Perrault.
Both exhibitions will remain on view through September 24. The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street, information about all The Studios’ programs can be found at www.tskw.org.
Photo credits: Women and children photographed at the begging camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. cr: Ted Seymour.