Corrine Riley began collecting these quilts thirty five years ago when she was a student at The Art Institute of Chicago. Today these unique African American quilts hang in the Mingei Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park for all to enjoy.
One of the most creative of the volunteers at the Discovery Shop gave me a ticket to go see the show. I confess, I wasn’t jumping up and down with excitement about going, but when I arrived I was mesmerized with joy at the bold creativity of these women. They had so little, and they created so much joy, passion, and power from this unknown well.
I was not only inspired, but galvanized into action by the creativity of these generations of hard working women. I’d show more, but himself is dragging me off to see the newest Pirate film. I need to go back to get a better record of the show itself. I’ll spotlight many of these quilts in the next few months for your enjoyment and the energizing effect they have on my art and my soul.