FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: ROYALTY WITHOUT THE RICHES
EXHIBITION TO BE UNVEILED AT THE RICHARD BEAVERS GALLERY
FEBRUARY 13 THROUGH MARCH 26
An Exhibition of Quilts by Bisa Butler
(Brooklyn, NY–January 11, 2016) THE RICHARD BEAVERS GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition entitled “The People Could Fly: Royalty Without the Riches” by emerging artist, Bisa Butler. The contemporary, fine art installation of dynamic quilts will run from February 13 to March 26, 2015. The Gallery is located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn at 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard. New York-based curator Richard Beavers will oversee Butler’s project, showcasing her collection of vibrant and captivating quilts.
Butler was inspired to create a collection which paid tribute to the everyday, hard-working, remarkable people that surrounded her throughout her life. The Royals of Butler’s community were not monetarily rich, but were wealthy in heritage and soul. They quietly strive to care for their loved ones and take care of their responsibilities. Royals are unsung heroes and may never be recognized for their modest contributions, but thanks to Butler, they have a chance to become immortalized in her breath-taking exhibit.
Butler is a New Jersey native whose talent was first recognized at the age of four. She is a formally trained artist who graduated Cum Laude from Howard University, but her talent is ingrained and organic. As a child Butler watched her mother and grandmother sew and they eventually taught her to do so. Before her grandmother passed, she made her a quilt and she has been quilting ever since.
Butler has been a part of the nationally renowned traveling exhibitions by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi; Textural Rhythms, Constructing the Jazz Traditions, Quilting African American Women's History and The Journey of Hope in America, quilts inspired by President Barack Obama.
Butler’s work has been displayed privately and publicly at museums and galleries throughout the world. Her collections have been displayed at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Arkansas Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Butler remains passionate about preserving the art of quilting and has spent time teaching others to do so as well. She has taught workshops at the Disney Dreamers Academy while her work was on display at the Epcot Center. Her work has taken her to all over the world and she proudly recalls that the highlight of her career was being chosen to exhibit at the Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg South Africa during the International Quilt Expo.
Butler’s exhibit will open with a private media preview reception on Wednesday, February 10th. The exhibit will open to the public with an evening event on Saturday, February 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will also be a one-on-one artist talk and discussion on Sunday, February 14th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
To attend the media preview, contact Theresa O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 646-801-7309. To find out more about the Richard Beavers Gallery, visit www.richardbeaversgallery.com or call 347-663-8195.