On Saturday, the Richard Beavers Gallery debuted the work of artist and quilter extraordinaire, Bisa Butler and her exhibit “The People Who Could Fly: Royalty Without Riches.”

Butler’s first quilt was based on a small photo booth picture of her grandparents, Francis and Violette Hammond. Bisa says her grandmother had given so much to her family, “this was one thing I could give her that was special.”

Bisa Butler quilting at the Richard Beavers Gallery

After that, she was bitten by the quilting bug and became inspired to do more. Bisa is known for adding different types of fabrics to her art pieces—something she was moved to do from the collages of artist Romare Bearden.

“The People  Who Could Fly” is on display at the Richard Beavers Gallery, located at 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd in Bed-Stuy thru March 26, 2016.

Check out some of the photos from that night.


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