By George Gadson
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – George Gadson, of George Gadson Studios, in partnership with Friends & Stars, Inc., will present clay quilts created by children and adults with special needs on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 from 6- 8 p.m. at ArtServe, located at 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33304.
The participants were guided in a series of workshops to create their own individual piece of the quilt that represent special moments in their lives. With a grant received from Broward County, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, Gadson will unveil a one of a kind clay story-quilt.
“One of the best ways to showcase the lives of individuals is through art. The quilts that were created as part of this program represents a part of the participants’ lives molded into different shapes of clay,” said artist George Gadson.
“We are thrilled that Mr. Gadson has chosen Friends & Stars, Inc. to be a collaborative partner in this effort,” stated Dixie Lee Hedrington-Miller, founder and executive director of Friends and Stars, Inc. “The idea of our clients creating story quilts that will be displayed for the community is a great opportunity to showcase our organization and patrons.”
Friends & Stars, Inc., established in 2010, provides unique, pioneering arts programming expressly designed for an all-inclusive special needs population while open to the general public – a caring community supporting the arts & disabilities.
George Gadson is the owner of George Gadson Studios, an art and design company. As an artist and social entrepreneur, he has created works of art for many high profile events and individuals such as JM Family Enterprises, the Jim Moran Foundation, and Darden Restaurants, owners of Red Lobster, Olive Gardens, and Smoky Bones. In 2008 he created an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree and in 1995 and 1999, respectively, two South Florida Super Bowl bronze commemorative sculptures, aptly named “The Quarter-back” and “The Kicker”, each given to the National Football League (NFL) team owners. Gadson has also created several works of public art including the City of Tamarac, the Urban League of Broward County, the Children Services Council of Palm Beach County, Broward County School Board Kathleen Cooper Wright Building, and many more. For more information, call (954) 822-5425 or visit www.georgegadsonstudios.com.