Colorful textile art exhibit coming to Penn Center 


From staff reports 

Historic Penn Center, Inc., will be presenting an exquisite textile exhibit titled Coloring Your Life: Solo Textile Art by Renée Fleuranges-Valdes. 

The grand opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist. 

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit can be previewed from August 4 to 19. 

Fleuranges-Valdes worked her craft for several years before she felt comfortable to attach the word “artist” to her name. As with many artists, she engaged in a variety of art forms before finding her voice. But over the last 20 years, quilting has become her passion. Fleuranges-Valdes is known for her bright colored fabric and uses them to bring joy and movement to her work. 

“I think quilting allows me to express a part of me that has been tucked away for so many years. One of the things I learned early on was that I could define what a ‘quilt’ was to me. I didn’t have to follow a pattern, I didn’t have to get permission to use the colors I liked, I didn’t even have to quilt about something I knew or did,” Fleuranges-Valdes said. 

Fleuranges-Valdes’ textile art has been displayed throughout the United States at quilt shows, art galleries and included in many publications. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been a featured artist at quilt conventions, as well as to quilt guilds and fiber groups. 


What: Coloring Your Life: Solo Textile Art Exhibit by Renée Fleuranges-Valdes 

When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 19 

Where: York W. Bailey Museum, Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island 

Cost: Free and open to the public 

For more information: www.penncenter.com 

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