fyi...a program on these quiltmakers is also on APT tonight at 7pm...see
Quiltmakers of Gees Bend
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 7:00PM
The artists are all descended from slaves who worked a plantation called
Pettway, located on the Alabama River. The slaver's surname is still
ubiquitous in the community. And the people still inhabit the land their
forebears once slaved. But now, they own it. Through generations, the women
of Gees Bend have taught their daughters to quilt, using any piece of
material available - from feed sacks to old work clothes. During times when
self-expression was discouraged, singing and the unique quilt patterns
represented these African-American's only creative outlets. Geographically
and culturally isolated from other communities, techniques and styles were
left to develop with little outside influence, and hence this quilting
coterie has been compared to the great artistic enclaves of the Italian
Renaissance. Quilts that once kept families of sometimes 16 children warm
inside drafty log cabins, now hang in the world's great museums.
From: Page & Palette [mailto:pandp@...
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 9:50 AM
Subject: Wondering what to do this Friday?
WHAT TO DO FRIDAY NIGHT?
WHO: Coleman Mills and the ladies of Gee's Bend
WHAT: A showing of Oils on Canvas inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend
And a reception honoring the ladies who created them.
WHEN: 6 until 8 pm Friday, April 23
WHERE: Lyons Share Gallery in Downtown Fairhope on De La Mare Ave.
Don't miss Coleman Mill's art show at the Lyons Share Gallery this Friday
from 6-8pm. This will be quite an event. In attendance will be several of
the ladies who created the original, now nationally acclaimed quilts - as
well as the authors of the beautiful coffee table art books, the sale of
which will be sponsored by Page & Palette. Coleman was so moved by the
Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art and their
accompanying story that he began a series of oil paintings inspired by them
- "Defiant Humility: Paintings Inspired by The Quilts of Gee's Bend."
A native of Fairhope, Coleman is educated as an architect with undergraduate
and graduate degrees in architecture from Auburn, Cornell and Harvard. He
has lived, worked and studied on the East Coast, Europe and Mexico and
returned to the Eastern Shore two years ago. He now lives in Daphne with
his wife, two young daughters and Labradors, Harley and Kudzu. Coleman
works for the architecture firm of Walcott, Adams, Verneuille in downtown