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Book signing with artist Richard Haynes: Saturday, November 14, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm




ARTalk Online: Richard Haynes, Whispering Quilts
Artist Richard Haynes discusses his inspiration and artistic process for his Whispering Quilts series on view at the Currier.

Join us in the Historic Court for a book signing with artist Richard Haynes. Haynes will be signing his book, Whispering Quilts, the inspiration for his colorful series of drawings in the special exhibition on display now. The museum has recently acquired the entire series for the permanent collection.

In this series of drawings, the artist tells the story of an enslaved family’s dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad, from a southern plantation to freedom in Canada. The narrative of hope, struggle, and triumph is based on historic accounts. Traditional quilting patterns evoke the themes in dynamic compositions. The faceless figures represent the thousands of slaves who made the journey as well as the hidden lives of countless others who died in servitude. The brilliant colors suggest that joy can be found even in horrific situations.

Richard Haynes is an artist, author, and educator based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Currier Art Center, and his work is featured in the Currier Museum’s collection.


After the book signing, visit the museum shop to purchase a giclee of Richard Haynes’ quilt drawings. We are also offering an extraordinary opportunity to purchase a limited-edition hand signed and numbered portfolio of the artist’s work. Our Curators will be on hand to answer questions regarding the portfolio.

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