Fiber Artists Cookie Washington and Catherine Lamkin host an exhibition of art quilters and doll artists who were all charged with developing work based on the theme: Black Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore. The opening reception was February 21, 2009 at the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
Enslaved Africans along the coast of South Carolina brought some of the first tales of mermaids and merwomen to America. Many of these folktales were stories of African ocean and river goddesses. Because of the rich oral traditions of these peoples, few if any of these stories were written until they were recorded by collectors of folk tales toward the end of the 19th century.
One of the quilts in the show is shown here. It is called Olokun Kept Us by Deborah Grayson Bailey. The exhibit continues through March 31, 2009. If you are in the Charleston area, you will definitely want to check this out.