Sunday Evening Art Gallery (midweek) — Barbara McCraw


Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe.McCraw grew up on the south side of Chicago and later received her degree in English at Illinois State University in 1973. In 1986 she earned a degree in Medical Technology.She grew up in a Chicago tenement, and became in awe of how her mother took second-hand scraps of fabric, furniture, and hand-me-downs and turned them into a palace of a place for them to live.McCraw believes no artistic form is more closely associated with African American culture than quilt making, which represents skill, aesthetic beauty, and utilitarian need.She feels that quilting offers an outlet for women’s emotions, adversities, and triumphs.Her artwork is most influenced by her imagination, the encouragement she receive from her friends, and the memory of her mother. Her colors  are vivid, recalling movement, Nature, and the beauty of people.McCraw has great respect for traditional quilting and loves to imagine and learn the history behind the patterns. But her true interest is in creating one-of-a-kind, uniquely designed quilts using more contemporary techniques.More of Barbara McCraw‘s remarkable quilting can be found at


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