Reception: March 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Martha Jane is a self-taught fabric artist, creating improvisational art quilts. She has exhibited her quilts in many of the Southeastern states plus Texas, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, she learned the versatility of change with her family moving eleven times during her growing up years with her father's engineering job. She has lived beyond the borders of the United States in Mexico, Taiwan and for thirteen years in West Africa, which provided her with the opportunity to adapt to change and absorb innumerable rich experiences. She completed her undergraduate studies at Agnes Scott College and went on to receive a nursing degree from Cornell University. In midlife, she gained deg
rees from Columbia Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Art and writing have dominated her life apart from her roles as wife, mother and mission co-worker overseas. She wrote primarily for church publications in the United States and in Ghana, along with poems and a novel. Along the way Martha Jane explored art making in various forms which came to flower in retirement when she became a quilt artist. She and her husband Pete now call the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina home since settling in Black Mountain, NC.