I Just got an email from Kirsitin Nichols, an artist, who reads my blog. ( check out her New England Farm House video her house is her canvas and it is amazing!) She told me that some of the quilters from Gee’s Bend are going to be in Brattleboro tonight. There’s a play about Gee’s Bend that’s going to be performed over the weekend and an exhibit of Gee’s Bend Quilts.
I went to Gee’s Bend, Alabama two years ago and stayed with quilter Mary Ann Pettway. She taught me how she makes her quilts and showed me around Gee’s Bend introducing me to many of the women who live there and continue to make quilts. Mary Ann and I got along really well, as well and I learned a lot.
I started making my own quilts after seeing the Gee’s Bend Quilts in a book about 10 years ago. I hadn’t made art in a long time and seeing these quilts got me working again.
It doesn’t sound like Mary Ann is in Brattleboro, but I want to go and meet the other quilters and see their work. So Jon and I are rearranging our schedules and we’re doing everything we can to be at the Catherine Dianich Gallery tonight to meet the quilters of Gee’s Bend.
Needless to say, I’m very excited.