Stitches of Art, Music, Food, and Community This Weekend at 2014 Patchwork Festival

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Camden, Alabama– Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) will host its annual Patchwork Festival on Saturday, September 13th, from 10am to 3pm, in conjunction with a weekend of exciting activities around Wilcox County, including author and Southern food blogger, Stacey Little, the annual production of The Gee’s Bend Play, Wilcox ArtWorks’ Quilt Walk, and Gee’s Bend Raised’s Airing of the Quilts.

The Southern Bite cookbook author, Stacey Little will be available for a cookbook signing on Friday, September 12th from 12:30-2:00pm.BBTCAC Guild Memberswill join BBTCAC Board President, Garland Smith, and Little for a Presidents Circle Event Friday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 pm including cooking demonstrations and a wine tasting event. Little’s easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought millions to his blog,, and have been featured on the Today Show and Fox & Friends. Stacey’s deep Southern roots (Little is the grandson of Wilcox County’s Albert and Louise Robinson) have him firmly planted in central Alabama, where he lives with his wife, little boy, two dogs, and his collection of cast iron skillets. For President’s Circle & Guild Membership information, please contact Black Belt Treasures or visit our Membership page at

Throughout the day on Saturday, artists’ demonstrations in pottery, quilting, stained glass, painting, and basket making will be offered, while volunteers will be hosting one of the most popular features of the day - art activities for youth of all ages. Demonstrating artists include: Sam Williams, Willie Poole, Deborah Carter, Lolita Dickinson, Sherry Martin, and Betty Bain. BBTCAC activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. at 209 Claiborne Street in historic downtown Camden. Delicious lunches will be available onsite through Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce.

Friday and Saturday, Wilcox ArtWorks is coordinating their 2nd Annual Quilt Walk. Historic and Contemporary Quilts will be on display at various churches and businesses around Camden, with area quilters demonstrating their craft. Tickets will be available through any Wilcox ArtWorks member or at BBTCAC. If you are interested in displaying quilts, either historic or modern, please contact Jeanie Lambert at or at (334) 682-4746, or Frankie Gaddy at or at (205) 516-7202.

In Gee’s Bend, Gee’s Bend Raised’s Mary Virginia and Danny Pettway will be hosting the Airing of the Quilts Exhibit on Saturday from 9am – 3pm in Gee’s Bend (For internet and GPS - use Martha Jane Road, Boykin, Alabama). Airing of the quilts was a tradition among the women of Gee’s Bend that was born out of necessity but was also a time to celebrate and show off their artistic and creative talents to their peers. On display will be never before exhibited quilts of Sweet T. Pettway, quilts from the collection of M. Virginia Pettway, and wrought iron sculptures by Anvil Forge.  In addition, Gee’s Benders Productions will be performing Elizabeth Wilder’s Gee’s Bend Play at the Ye Shall Know the Truth Baptist Church in Alberta, AL on Saturday, September 13 at 4pm. Tickets may be purchased through Ann Matthews at (334) 682-5012 or through Rev. Clinton Pettway (251) 423-4508 or (334) 573-9228.

The 2014 Patchwork Festival is made possible by the generous support of the Black Belt Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of South Alabama, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, and contributions from members of the Black Belt Treasures Guild. Please visit for more information on these and other events in Wilcox County.

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting the many talented artists and craftsmen from the Black Belt region and of representing their products to larger markets via a gallery shop and an e-commerce website. Beginning in 2005 with seventy-five artists, there are now over 450 artists and craftsmen representing nineteen counties in Alabama’s Black Belt region. For information about the Patchwork Festival or other events, please contact Black Belt Treasures at 334.682.9878 or visit our website

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