Monday, September 19, 2011

Bronzeville's Newest Fabric Artist

Mind Control (2011) - Ramona Dallum Lindsey
Only 6 more days until the premier art show for Bronzeville's newest fabric artist.  Chicago's Bronzeville community has a rich history for African-Americans in Chicago.   Bronzeville was the area where thousands of African-Americans settled in the early 1900's after moving from the South in search of better opportunities.   Bronzeville became the seat of African-American culture in Chicago.  The area birthed poets, authors, singers, musicians, and visual artists.  Bronzeville is experiencing a resurgence in African-American culture.   Providence settled Ramona Dallum Lindsey, fabric artist, in historic Bronzeville in 2009 after moving to Chicago from Opelika, Alabama with her husband and children in search of greater opportunities.

Her interest in fabric art was rekindled after meeting one of her quilting mentors, Gwen McGee Boyd, at Bronzeville's historic LakeMeadows Art Fair.  From her condo in her Bronzeville brownstone Ramona experimented with transforming traditional quilting and embroidery techniques into modern art telling the story of her complex community.  She uses fabric to create wall art and fabric sculptures.  Her pieces are rich tapestries of color, dimension and texture.  

Storms (2011) - Ramona Dallum Lindsey
Sunday, September 25, 2011, will mark the introduction of her art to the Bronzeville community through her invitation only fine art show titled Metamorphosis: A Fine Art Show.  Ramona will present nine pieces from her Profiles in Courage SeriesProfiles in Courage is a visual story of peoples' resolve to soar above life's challenges.  She will also present her inaugural sculpture for the Trees of Life Series which uses trees to metaphorically represent life's journey and nature's relationship to the human experience.  If you would like, an invitation to Ramona Dallum Lindsey's Metamorphosis: A Fine Art Show please post a comment requesting an invite.