Andrena Stoddard Coleman is a native of Clinton, South Carolina and presently resides in Greensboro. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Benedict College and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Andrena has worked in several areas including health services administration, higher education and museum management. She began sewing at an early age making doll clothes and eventually clothing for herself and her sisters. As a self-taught quilter, she creates her work with expressions of spirituality, purpose and empowerment. From bed coverings to wall hangings to apparel and reupholstered furniture, her style has been characterized as astonishing, amazing and rare.
Her works have been exhibited at the African American Atelier and the Delta Arts Center and she was featured among 51 quilters in the international quilt exhibit, 'Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela'. She is the owner and designer of Drena's Dream Quintessential Quilts.
Andrena has one daughter, Jocelyn, a son in law, Matthew Brown and two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Lennox.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”