AIE helps raise local artist profiles -
When showing her work in Washington D.C.
a couple of years ago at the Smithsonian Craft Show, textile artist Leah Evans’ work caught the eye of the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda.
Now, one of Evans’ quilts hangs in the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, part of the Art in Embassies program, an effort to build cross-cultural connections through visual art. It’s on loan there for three years.
That exposure at the annual Smithsonian show has helped the local artist get her name out to the public and raise her profile.
“I’ve had people contact me based on my work from the Smithsonian show,” Evans said. “It’s definitely my most consistent and my best show.”
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