Common Thread: Quilting Circle and Storytelling
August 19, 2023
2:00 pm-5:00 pm
In celebration of Spotlight: Yvonne Wells and Tina Williams Brewer: Stories of Grace, enjoy an afternoon of listening to stories and creating a collaborative quilt that conveys our shared community. Yvonne Wells, an Alabama folk artist and quilt maker, taught herself to sew for practical purposes but then began creating quilts that visually expressed her own lived experiences in the Civil Rights era and highlighted sociopolitical and historical concerns. Tina Williams Brewer, likewise, has drawn on both Southern traditions and her own travels in creating story quilts with rich symbolism that illustrate her perspectives of the African Diaspora.
Storytelling by host Dr. Nancy Tolson — FAAAC board member, CMA docent, and assistant director of African American studies at USC — as well as Jeanette Samuels, Elsie White, and Donald Sweeper is open to all to enjoy throughout the afternoon.
Experienced quilters are asked to register to reserve a spot at the quilting tables. Materials are provided, but please bring any tools or fabrics you prefer to use to help us create a collaborative quilt that showcases your own personal, family, and cultural histories.
Free. Registration required for quilting portion.
Register to Join the Quilting Circle
Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.
Additional support from Friends of African American Art & Culture.
Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939)
Helen Keller, 2006
Cotton/polyester blend, cotton, plastic buttons, embroidery thread, and lace
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2012.11