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African American dolls tell stories at Gallery West

Artisan-made dolls tell stories of African American culture through tactile application of native textiles and other natural fabrics in an exhibition currently on view at Gallery West, 134 State Street.

In the hands of artist and veteran seamstress Frances Turner, the dolls depict time-honored symbols and customs along with contemporary “attitude,” conveyed by the sculptural stances in which Turner has posed them.

The collection, representing multiple periods and regions and created over decades by the Dayton, Ohio, native, was influenced by deep Southern roots along with revered cultural heritage. The exhibition was curated by gallerist Sarah Cogswell.

The Friends of African American Art & Culture attended a preview and talk by the artist before the exhibition opened to the public. The works will remain on view through late December.

 

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