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Harvey's Quilt

Harvey Fierstein has donated his own dazzling handmade
king size quilt to be auctioned off to benefit the
Trans Support of the Hudson Valley as well as our gallery's Visiting Artist Program.

The auction is over - and we cannot thank Harvey Fierstein enough! 

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Harvey Fierstein

   Harvey Fierstein is true Theater Royalty.

   He is known as a performer and/or writer for the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots, Hairspray, and Newsies. In film and TV he’s done dozens of character voices and guest-starred on numerous television shows, yet it will be his appearance in the film Mrs. Doubtfire that most people will recall. 


   Harvey grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and found his calling performing with LaMama Eexperimental Theater Club in NYC and other off-off Broadway groups in the 1970s and 80s.

   His breakout was his semi-autobiographical play, Torch Song Trilogy, in 1981, the first commercially successful play to feature a gay character and a gay theme.

In his writing and performing career, and as an activist, Harvey was the first proudly open gay man in the world of theater, film and entertainment.

   He lives in Connecticut with his beloved dogs Charlie and BoBo, and has been quilting for many years, using a long-arm quilting and sewing machine. He has gifted many pieces to loved ones, but most are donated to fund charity auctions.

   The design of each quilt is suggested not only by what’s in Harvey’s imagination, but also what’s available in his fabric patch. This quilt has tucked-away references to queer life (especially the memory of gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk) throughout the pattern.

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