By Inspirational Columnist and Author: Linda Mose Meadows


However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
1 Corinthians 2:9

Saturday, April 24, 2010

LASTING IMPRESSIONS: THANKING GOD FOR THE PHENOMENAL TEXTILE ARTISTRY OF MASTER QUILTER: PATRICIA JOHNSON!

Quilted Mask by Artist Patricia Johnson

“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash,
let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself
... nothing is impossible!”
Norman Vincent Peale
preacher, author



“This quilt was made during a workshop taken a few years ago while working on this piece, I realized that some people confine spirituality to a book or church and fail to recognize the ever present spirituality of their natural surroundings. When we open ourselves to nature’s beauty, power, and intricacies, then spiritual lessons will come to us with little effort.”

"Fish Fantasy" Explained by Quilter Patricia Johnson,
Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts
by Carolyn Mazloomi, Pg. 82


Fish Fantasy by Patricia Johnson.

My photo doesn't do this intricately creative work justice!

Patricia Johnson's published testimony:
“My first exposure to quilting was a workshop taught by a very talented Fiber Artist named Lethia Robertson. I later saw an exhibit of her work and was amazed at her creative use of color and fabric. Although I made many of my own clothes I did not think that I had the talent for quilting.”

Several years later I moved to Hampton, VA. and soon joined the Golden Thimble Needle Craft Guild which sparked my interest in quilting again, along with other types of needlework. I also attended workshops at quilt shows and local quilt shops. I then joined the 54-40 African American Quilting Guild. This guild came out of an workshop taught by Loretta Craig and was named after a quilt pattern she uses exclusively in her work”



Amazing artisan!

Texile Artist and Quilter: Ms. Patricia Johnson featured in
Spirits of The Cloth by Carolyn Mazloomi.
She's sharing excerpt in publication regarding: Fish Fantasy.


Wonderful creation!


We're delighted to have Ms. Johnson as our precious friend!
My son, Michael and Ms. Patricia Johnson.



Some gifts just can’t be purchased.Yes, they are priceless and most unexpected. These gifts aren’t always acquired in highend boutiques, our community strip plazas or in our beloved mega malls. Thank goodness! No, no my friends they are the wonderful creations that God has fashioned in human form. This is the category that I place Ms. Patricia Johnson of Hampton,Virginia in.
Patricia Johnson is a master, talented Quilter (self taught),Textile Artist and art aficionado. Not to mention she can scout out a yard sale and resurface with pieces that only an artist could immediately scope out and understand its priceless value. As Michael and I sat in her living room listening and trying hard not to interupt with our many questions. We understood that that early evening visit was too wonderful for words. We appreciated learning about her fascinating life growing up in New York City, sojourns and jaunts throughout Europe, memberships in Art guilds and preservation endeavors- laughing about past and present life’s escapades, so much was being revealed to me. I began to realize that our meeting was divinely orchestrated.

Now in hind sight meeting this exceptional woman was another pearl that God had saved for this time in our lives. It’s was no coincidence meeting her. The road was paved as Michael (my son) volunteered at the Hampton University Museum occasionally working with Ms. Johnson on The International Review of African American Art. All of this was just another part of the divine plan. And wouldn’t you know it, his introduction to Patricia Johnson-well they’ve both made a lasting impression with the other! Ms. Johnson has shared not only her knowledge and wisdom regarding art appreciation, but generously shared gifts also. This was a natural connection. Mike's a young man that enjoys, values family and friends, loves art, history and appreciates culture. He’s learning and being introduced to some phenomenal artists, witnessing their creative energy and gaining first hand experience about the administrative dynamics regarding the many facets of operating a museum. Now that’s God’s handy work!

We understand that lasting impressions leave an indelible mark in our psyche and spirit. So I hope as you enjoy these photos of Ms. Patricia Johnson and her work, you too will begin to appreciate your acquaintances that I pray will blossom into lasting friendships. Had I never met Patricia Johnson it would have been a series of exchanged pleasantries at museum art openings. But while sitting and conversing with her I learned of her many interests, her volunteerism, her publications, her generosity, creative genius and her passion for art. Silently I prayed and thanked God for the lasting impressions that her inspirational quilts and textile art have made on the world. Beautiful, beautiful art!

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Learn more about Patricia Johnson in:

The International Review of African American: Fiber Art,The Stuff of Dreams, Fabric of Friendship Vo. 15, No. 4 ,1999, pg 30,31.

Newsletter IRAAA Update by Juliette Harris Bowles:
Museum, Thoughts & Talks for Friends of The Museum, Fall 2000

Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi
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Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

DIGNITY INTACT: AN URBAN VIEWS WEEKLY: INSPIRATIONAL WEB EXTRA



“Trials, temptations, disappointments —

all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.

They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it…

Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit

makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”

James Buckham, writer




ENJOY THIS URBAN VIEWS INSPIRATIONAL

WEB EXTRA !
WRITTEN BY: LINDA MOSE MEADOWS





DIGNITY INTACT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
http://urbanviewsweekly.com/?p=3280



Surely there will be instances when we stagger, stumble and fall! Life's setbacks happen! But that's never the end of the story. There is more living ahead for us. Dreams yet to be realized. With breathe in our bodies and a determined spirit we can dust ourselves off and keep moving. It may feel a little ackward getting back in stride, but we'll surely gain momentum in time! God is at the helm! I believe you'll laugh out loud and easily relate to this uplifting column found on the website entitled: Dignity Intact written for my Inspirational Column in Urban Views Weekly.
Remember our digity is intact, we will win!



Sharing in Faith, Linda Mose Meadows,
Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author of :
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 18, 2010

COME ON, YOU’RE INVITED; LET’S EAT!



I understand that not many families are enjoying eating meals together. We’re missing out on some vital family dynamics. Problem solving, conflict resolution, making amends, learning about the art of conversing and coping- yes, these skills can be acquired at the kitchen table. I admit often it’s easier being busy, rather than facing our generational giants. But this requires our presence and participation in the name of sharing a meal!
Things are swiftly changing with this fast food age of eating on the run. We miss out on important family matters when we aren’t sharing, conversing and connecting with each other at a sacred mealtime. We’ll imagine having a spiritual mealtime, where you can be reacquainted with God? An actual time or moment to converse (pray) with God!
How can this be you wonder? Actually experiencing time where we can abandon our many life’s concerns and partake in a soul liberating feast? Oh I contend it can happen when we carve out our time with God to pray, meditate, worship. This meal will allow us to seek spiritual direction and garner tremendous results. Our spirits will concur, “ Ok, I got it!” and we’ll know we’re in God’s care. You’ll then understand fully what it means to feast on God’s word. You arrive often and discover that your personal issues won’t block your opportunity to dine.


Go ahead, exhale and release the cares of this world. We are all invited to the table, read your Bibles and Holy Scripture –the feast is going on and the table is spread! Wholesome spiritual food awaits you and me. Feeling hungry in your soul? Nourishment waits you. There’s a place at the table and company of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost will entreat you. Living water flows freely! No need to feel or be malnourished anymore my friends!


There you and your families will feast in the presence of the LORD your God,
and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the LORD your God has blessed you.
Deu 12:7




Hyatt Moore - The Last Supper with Twelve Tribes



Master Painter, Hyatt Moore did an outstanding job of capturing Christ’s humanity and divinity in his creative and timely interpretation of The Last Supper. It’s evident from this artist interpretation that all are welcome, not a soul is excluded. Enjoy Hyatt’s video in which he eloquently expresses the love that Christ has for all of us. Cultural Diversity is present! Imagine the disciples are a reflection of who we are and to whom we belong. There’s room at the table. Thank you Lord. This calls for a celebration hymn. Sing along with Richard Smallwood & Vision. Grab your seat and as folks say, “take a load off your feet and sit on down!”




Richard Smallwood & Vision - Feast of the Lord/At The Table



Lyrics of Richard Smallwood’s Feast of the Lord/At The Table

Come on in where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Come on in where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Come on in where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Come on in where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Joy is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Joy is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

(Seekin' healing for your body) It's over here
(Seekin' healing for your soul) Over here
(Seekin' for your souls' salvation) It's over here
(If you want the Lord to make you whole!) Over here

Love is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Love is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

(If you need more strength and more power) It's over here
(relief from your burden and your pain) Over here
(Seekin' for some joy in your sorrow) It's over here
(feast and you will never be the same) Over here



Peace is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

Peace is here where the table is spread
and the feast of the Lord is going on

It's here right now
want you need is waiting at table!

It's here right now
want you need

At the table, At the table, At the table
At the table, it's here!

At the table, At the table, At the table
At the table, it's here!
http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/richard_smallwood/at_the_table-lyrics-964879.html



Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

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