Dana Ellis

Mark Huerkamp

Virginia Nieland

Secretary (Interim)
Katherine Williams


Auction, Artists’ Liaison
Pat Hiott-Mason

Auction, Teachers’ Liaison
Laura De La Maza

Meredith Poston 

Inez Brown Crouch 

Poetry at McLeod
Katherine Williams

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Fiber Arts

Lenora Brown, a self-taught second-generation quilter and “free spirit,” has been making and exhibiting dolls of textile and glass for years in North Charleston. Her works originates from her imagination, dreams, and the land of Africa.

Mary Edna Fraser’s silk batiks feature aerial, underwater, and outer space imagery. Five-story sculptures to 14” wide silks offer a colorful and unique sense of place. Some 100 solo exhibitions are to her credit with affiliates such as National Geographic and NASA. Fraser’s studio on James Island Creek welcomes visitors.

Arianne King-Comer, artist, teacher, art consultant and indigo advocate, earned her BFA at Howard University and studied under the renowned batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo, Nigeria. She employs ancient techniques of batik and uses the spiritual indigo dye as her last color, honoring the ancestors. She lives in North Charleston, and her work is available at the Smithsonian.

Catherine Lamkin pays homage in every stitch to her ancestral James Island quilters. Her quilts appear in several books, and she has exhbiited her work throughout the country, most recently at the Avery Reserach Institute and Benedict College Harriet Tubman Exhibition in Maryland. Her ancestral home is Grimball Plantation, and she now lives in West Ashley with her husband, musician Kurt Lamkin.

Sonja MacFarland is a professional weaver and fiber artist from James Island who exhibits her work at Magnolia Gardens and at Studio Open.

Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, Ph.D. (1933-2017) was granddaughter of Fannie Greenwood Quarles, a James Island teacher/principal from 1926 to 1962. She approaches quilting as a dual-focussed third generation educator/artist, substituting fabric/thread for canvas/oils and including “lessons:” love of God/family/children; pride in heritage; respect for accomplishments.

Winifred Sanders, a native New Yorker, spent her summers on James Island. Descended from Grimball Plantation quilters, she is a founding member of the Quilters of Color Network of New York. Her work has been shown at City Gallery at Waterfront Park and at the Avery Research Institute.

Robin Tannenbaum creates with love and hope that those who own her pieces feel the enjoyment with which they were created. Her pieces are designed to give their owners the feeling of a mother’s hands encircling them with love.

Katherine Williams studied studio art at the College of Charleston and UCLA, and has worked with fabric for over fifty years. She experiments with tailored cuts in casual cloth and creating artisan-dyed silks and cottons at her home on James Island. She serves James Island Arts as its chairman.