On March 6, 2021, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition, Centered Around Culture: Quilts by Cely Pedescleaux. Cely Pedescleaux is a self-taught textile artist and quilter born in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. She grew up surrounded by seamstresses who meticulously crafted hand-worked lace, crocheting, beading, and tatting into decorative pieces of art on fabric. Cely ecplanded her love for quilting through fashion when she created outfits for Worn Again (2009,2010) a New Orleans fashion show where the organizers provided old clothing to local artists who bought new life to recycled garments.
Cely teaches quilting and the history of African American quilting through public programs at museums, galleries, universities, festivals and quilts shows around the state. Her contemporary quilts have been displayed in France, Italy and China as well as museums and cultural centers around Louisiana. The exhibit closes May 30, 2021.