2007 Library News

Textile Art Display at Midwest City Library

A celebration of the textile Florence Potter Hughes will be on exhibit at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, through Sept. 4, 2007.

“Florence was born in southern Mississippi in 1917 and moved to Midwest City in 1995,” said librarian Linda Temple. “As a young girl growing up in the 1920s, she was surrounded with hand-crafted textiles and family lore involving quilting. Florence has stitched and quilted throughout her life and continues to make quilts for her grandchildren and to hemstitch blankets for her great-grandchildren.”

The exhibit includes a silhouette of a woman at a spinning wheel, hand stitched when Florence was 14, as well as many quilts made for her children and grandchildren. A hand-pieced quilt made in Alabama in 1850 by Florence’s great-grandmother, Mary Ann Montgomery Brown, her daughter Martha Ann Brown, and her slave girl Lucy is also on display.

“The library lobby is filled with 75 years-worth of textile art,” Temple added.  “I think people will be amazed when they see what a lifetime devoted to a single art form will produce.”

“Stitching Memories: Preserving the Past, Celebrating a Life, Inspiring the Future: The Textile Arts of Florence Potter Hughes” is open to the public and free of charge.

For more information, call the Midwest City Library at 405/732-4828.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org