A renowned nationally recognized artist whose medium is quilts had an opening reception of his beautiful works at Penn Center this past weekend. Dr. Edward Bostick was born and raised in Beaufort and went to Robert Smalls.
He now resides in New York City, where he moved in 1960 after finishing school here and where he still lives, but he also has family in Lobeco whom he visits when he can. He works for the City University of New York and began quilt making 20 years ago as a way of honoring his Gullah roots and his grandmother and other Southern African American women who made the traditional type of
quilts called “string quilts” — made from strips of fabric.
Bostick also pioneered a new form of quilt making with his African American Pictorial Quilts that feature famous African American portraits in quilted form. Dr. Bostick — who has achieved great national acclaim for his works which are presented at shows all around the country — told a group of college students from Savannah who attended the opening: “Don’t let your hearts go to waste by letting your talents go to waste. Be the damn best you can be!”
His quilts will be on display at the galleries at Penn Center on St. Helena Island until October 31.