Posted by Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer
6:32 PM EST, January 14, 2013
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Eatonville, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Quilting Guild is working with seven families to create a series of historical photographic quilts.
"Sewn Together: Photographic Quilts Reflecting the Historic Family Ties of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park" will be on exhibit beginning Friday, Jan. 18, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, a program of Crealdé School of Art.
The The Heritage Center Quilting Guild began work on the quilts in October.
"These quilts express the poetry and drama of everyday life lived in a different world from today," says Henry Sinn, curator and Crealdé painting and drawing director. "Each quilt is a personal story expressing the history of memory."
Among the quilts, "The Religious Connection" shows a famous painting by J. Andre Smith, founder of the Art and History Museums in Maitland. Smith's painting of philanthropist William Coursen holding a replica of New Hope Baptist Church illustrates the sovereignty that resulted from a lawsuit won by Winter Park's black churches, which had to fight for their share of Coursen's estate.
Another quilt, "The Hungerford Quilt," depicts life on the campus of Robert F. Hungerford High School in Eatonville, a private school for African-Americans established in 1897 by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Calhoun, Tuskegee University graduates. Land for the school was donated by the parents of Robert F. Hungerford, a young doctor from Connecticut, who died after contracting typhoid fever. Dr. Hungerford had spent time teaching the African-American men in the Eatonville community to read.
"Sewn Together" was created by Fairolyn Livingson, the Heritage Center's chief historian, and Mary Daniels, docent and project coordinator. This exhibition is funded in part through a Tourist Development Grant from Orange County's Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and by the Darden Restaurants Foundation.
WHEN: Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The center's regular hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition runs through April 13.
WHERE: Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park