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2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival Beautiful Gestures “Bringing it Home” Series

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Virtual Conversation 7:30 pm Eastern

About This Event:

We create exquisite beauty with our hands, and imbue objects with such meaning that they are treasured from one generation to the next. Whether it is a quilt stitched with the symbols of our youth, a story told through the hand movements of a dancer, or a recipe seasoned with the spices of home, our hands create and share the gifts of our cultures.

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A stack of three strip photos focus on the panelists' hands: Narda LeCadre spreads out a quilt, Rachita Nambiar demonstrates a classical Indian dance, and Julie Smith works on a hooked rug.

Our panelists for “Beautiful Gestures” are (top to bottom and below left to right) quilter Narda LeCadre, dancer Rachita Nambiar, and rug-hooker Julie Smith.

Narda LeCadre, Rachita Nambiar and Julie Smith

We create exquisite beauty with our hands, and imbue objects with such meaning that they are treasured from one generation to the next. Whether it is a quilt stitched with the symbols of our youth, a story told through the hand movements of a dancer, or a recipe seasoned with the spices of home, our hands create and share the gifts of our cultures.

This second event in our “Bringing it Home” series centers on women's art and the many ways we make meaning with our hands. Listen in as we chat with three local artists from our Folk Artists Gallery:

  • Narda LeCadre, an original member of the African American Quilters Gathering of Harrisburg, will talk about the symbols she incorporates into her designs, and the importance of quilting as a form of giving back in the Black community.
  • Rachita Nambiar, a classical Indian dancer, will demonstrate the art of Bharatha Natyam and the beautiful hand gestures that complement the steps and facial expressions to tell the ancient stories of Hindu mythology.
  • Julie Smith, a rug hooker from Lebanon County, will share her design inspirations and talk about the transformation of this centuries-old women’s artform from the hearth floor to the gallery wall.

Amy E. Skillman, a folklorist who has documented artistic traditions in Central Pennsylvania since 1988, will moderate the discussion. Amy is the author of the profiles in our Folk Arts Gallery.

“Bringing it Home” is a series of virtual conversations with local artists sharing their art and their stories about being an artist in central Pennsylvania. To read more about them and other fascinating people, visit our Folk Artists Gallery.

The “Bringing it Home” events and the Folk Artists Gallery are projects of the Susquehanna Folk Arts Center, created by SFMS in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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On Zoom at 7:30 pm US Eastern Time

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Presented as part of the
Endless Summer 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival. Many of our virtual festival events are now available on our YouTube channel!