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  • Gee’s Bend Quilts: The Art of Necessity and the Necessity of Art

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 5:30 | Benchspace Gallery and Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Loretta Pettway, "Remember Me", 2007

    Loretta Pettway, “Remember Me”, 2007. Image courtesy of Paulson Bott Press.

    This presentation will cover the history of Gee’s Bend, Alabama and the importance of quilts and quilt making to this community over the years. The evolution of the function of these quilts to their current status of fine art will be explored along with the effects this change has had on the quilt makers. Finally, we will take a look at the distinctive improvisational style of the quilts of Gee’s Bend and what makes them successful as fine art.

    Anne Berg is a fiber artist with a background in Art Therapy. She has been a fan of the quilts of Gees Bend since viewing them at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2005.

    Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.

     

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