Art exhibits at South Avenue United Methodist Church


South Avenue United Methodist Church will begin a series of art exhibitions with a display of beautiful quilts by Wilkinsburg artist, Gerry Benton. Gerry Benton’s quilts will be on display at the church from October 5 until October 17. Gallery hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 3:30, except Wednesday and Friday evenings, October 10 and 17, from 7:00 – 9:00. For further information, contact the church office: 412-371-7421.

Gerry Benton is an artist with a passion for quilting. She has been quilting since 1989. As a dedicated quilter she has shown her work at the Pittsburgh Childrens’ Museum, PPG Kindergarten, the
City-County Building, the National African-American Conference in
Lancaster and Quiltfest USA in Louisville, Kentucky, and has won prizes in several quilt shows. Gerry curates the African-American Exhibit in New York at ”pier 52.” Photographs of her quilts were published in Surface Design Magazine,  “Communion of the Spirits” (author Roland Freeman) and ”Spirits of the Cloth” (author Carolyn Mazloomi).  She has taught classes at Augusta for twelve years and nationally. One of her quilts, (“Sunflowers & Poppies,” was featured in the Smithsonian magazine in 2003.

Gerry has served as President of Quilt Company East and African-
American Heritage Quilters in Pittsburgh, as well as other organizations. She was also the quilt show chairperson for “Art from the Heart” from 2002 thru 2006. She has won several ribbons and cash prizes throughout her quilting career. She is currently lecturing and teaching quilting classes. Gerry is a resident of Wilkinsburg.


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