quiltOne square from the 2017 "Ladies Moral Compass Quilt" made by community members in Charlemont and neighboring towns.Salmon Falls Gallery presents:

Remembrance of Our Past:
Inspiration From The 1800s Women Abolitionists For Our Times

Exhibit: January 7 - February 25
Hands & Hearts to Cloth: February 25, 2-4pm

Fifteen years ago, fellow librarians Mary Boehmer and Bambi Miller embarked upon a journey to illuminate the nineteenth-century story of the Dorsey family, freedom seekers from Liberty, Maryland, and the Leavitt family, staunch abolitionists of Charlemont. Through the efforts of over two hundred community members, echoing the footsteps of the nineteenth-century women and men, and the work they contributed towards the cause, Charlemont was awarded two designations from the National Parks Service "Network to Freedom."

This retrospective exhibit reflects how we became inspired to present our collective history in a format that would be illuminating and engaging. Through adapting nineteenth-century documents into a chronological scrapbook, crafting a story of the Dorsey and Leavitt families' connections, we have been able to share through public presentations the abolitionists' activities in Western Massachusetts. Inspired by the collected history and through books, part of the exhibit includes contemporary Underground Railroad quilts created during many quilting bee workshops, historical artifacts, and facsimiles used for our "Remembrance of Our Past" reenactments, African sculptures and created fabric angels. Further inspiration presented itself in the Sankofa symbol meaning "remembering our past, to protect our future.”

Please join us for this fifteenth year retrospective exhibit to be held at Salmon Falls Gallery during the months of January and February 2018. Hands & Hearts to Cloth will be Sunday, February 25 from 2-4 p.m. Charlemont librarians Mary Boehmer and Bambi Miller will trace the role local abolitionist women played in gathering petitions, public speaking, and creating quilts to generate funds for the support of the Underground Railroad movement. Inspired by the nineteenth-century ladies' activities, and following in their footsteps, discussion will revolve around the efforts of one hundred contemporary women and their quilting participation, bringing to light our community's past.

And the second exhibit:

doll"Jane," one of the Black Angels in the exhibit "Fly Away Home" by Belinda Lyons Zucker

Belinda Lyons Zucker: FLY AWAY HOME
An Exhibit Of Dolls And Figures From Black Folklore

Exhibit: January 7 - February 25

Fly Away Home ... an exhibit of dolls and figures from Black folklore. Tales in Black folklore tell of Africans that flew. Perhaps these stories were created as a desire to ease their weary lives; to dream of escape. Those left to work the fields remained slaves and told these fantastic tales with only their imaginations to set them free. They flew away… and disappeared.

Salmon Falls Gallery Hours:
Open every day
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11am-6pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm

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