In today's fractured, divisive world, connections - both intentional and accidental - are more important than ever. We are bound by love, rituals, family and faith. We are also connected to our past, our community - near and far, and to nature. To be connected is to find commonalities with others.
Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas: October 27 - 31, 2021
Quilt Festival - Salt Lake City, Utah: July 21 - 23, 2022
Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California: August 4 - 6, 2022
Genesee Valley QuiltFest - Rochester, New York: May 17 - 19, 2024
As a narrative artist and documentarian, Ellen M. Blalock started quilting over twenty years ago to symbolically replace stolen family quilts. Her current series, “Not Crazy,” focuses on trauma and mental illness in the African American community.
Working in several mediums, including photography, film, quilting, and drawing, Blalock’s main goal is to tell the stories of people who have been marginalized. She is particularly interested in the African diaspora and female identity and power.
Blalock has recently taught at Syracuse University and also taught art history and studio arts as a visiting professor at Georgia Southern University, Georgia College & State University, and Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.
Blalock has exhibited her work in at Gibbs Museum, Charleston, SC; Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, among others, and has been the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships.
She was an Artist-in- Residence at Light Work and Quilting by the Lake, in Syracuse, NY, and received several CNYArts and NYSCA art grants. She also received NYS Associated Press awards in journalism during her two decades as a multimedia journalist.
Agusta I Agustsson (Massachusetts, USA) - Social Distance
Geneviève Attinger (France) - Under the Shirt
Bobbi Baugh (Florida, USA) - Between Make-Believe and Memory
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) - Mesophyll
Linda Colsh (Maryland, USA) - Intersect
Shannon M Conley (Oklahoma, USA) - Tree of Life: Polar Dendrogram
Vicki Conley (New Mexico, USA) - Kiva
Judith Content (California, USA) - Fire Season
Millie Cumming (Ontario, Canada) - Becoming whole
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry (Washington, USA) - It's All Relative
Laura Fogg (California, USA) - Say His Name
Diana S Fox (Colorado, USA) - Gifts from the Universe Series - Water - Sand Dollars
Kerri Green (Texas, USA) - In One Ear and Out the Other
Debbie Grifka (Michigan, USA) - Lines #6 - Connected
Rivka Hamdani (Israel) - A Touch of Healing
Jim Hay (Gunma, Japan) - “Do Not Worry. I Am Always By Your Side.”
Linda Shockey Hoffmeister (Florida, USA) - Musica
Patty Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) - Coal Town: Faces in the Dark
Linda M Kim (Texas, USA) - 1 in 3 in USA
Heidi Koenig (Switzerland) - Network 1
Pat Kroth (Wisconsin, USA) - Lifelines
Cindy Loos (Texas, USA) - Traffic Control
Niraja C Lorenz (Oregon, USA) - Discord/Unity
Valerie Maser-Flanagan (Massachusetts, USA) - Leaning Inward #5
Alicia Merrett (United Kingdom) - Click-Like- Zoom-Connect
Frauke Palmer (Ohio, USA) - Avenging Angel
Heather Pregger (Texas, USA) - Turmoil
Wen Redmond (New Hampshire, USA) - Continuing the Conversation
Connie Rohman (California, USA) - Now And Then
Carole Rossi (California, USA) - Unaffordable Housing II:A Conversation
Lee F. Schwimmer (Texas, USA) - The Passover Seder
Maria Shell (Alaska, USA) - Bear Fence
Jan Soules (California, USA) - Connect the Dots
Linda Steele (Australia) - Grief
Maria Stoller (Switzerland) - Connectivity
Karen K Stone (Texas, USA) - Penumbra
Marianne R Williamson (Alabama, USA) - Touches of Red