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    September 9, 2004      File #
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Virginia R. Harris Brings Her Political Quilts to SSU Gallery

Virginia R. Harris, a quilt maker and master fabric artist from Santa Rosa whose work is exhIbited in the Smithsonian, challenges the stereotypes of quilt making and the stereotypes of their subject matter.

Her work is as direct as a Toles or an Oliphant cartoon appearing on newspaper editorial
pages. Harris says fabric is her palette, stitching is her brush stroke. And her images are particularly relevant during these politicized times.

Harris brings her political quilts to the Sonoma Student Union InterCultural Center Gallery from Oct. 1-29. An artistís reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Harris' fabric creations are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, the Rocky Mountain
Quilt Museum, the Mid-Peninsula YWCA and many private collections.

In addition, she has exhibited at the World Peace Conference, Capetown and Pretoria, South Africa, Spelman College, Thirteen Moons Gallery, American Museum of Arts and Design, The Renwick Gallery, The American Center at the US Embassy, Amman, Jordan and others.

Some of the quilts in Harris' collection are: "Guaranteed Safety", where she points out there are ten titles in both the USA PATRIOT Act and the Bill of Rights. "Those rights have been put in jeopardy supposedly to make citizens safer -- a definite oxymoron," she says.

"The New Alchemy" shows a pipeline taking oil and natural gas from the Caspian Sea and dumping gold into Texas.

"No Preferences, Please" deals with affirmative action. Other political quilts, and their topics, in the collection are: "In the Name of God" (the Middle East), "This Little Piggy Went to Market" (conflict of interest), "We Have to be Carefully Taught" (hate), "No Child Left Behind" (cuts in education).

The InterCultural Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further details, contact the InterCultural Center at (707) 664-2537 or online at

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