AN EVENING WITH YVONNE WELLS
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Albany Museum of Art Haley Gallery - Free and Open to the Public
Quiltmaker Yvonne Wells will delight AMA visitors on Feb 13 with the stories behind the eight quilts she has on display in the exhibition Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Wells’s first quilt, made from necessity in 1979, was the initial step on a path of discovery. Her story and picture quilts express her spirituality, humor, and life experiences. Her self-taught approach to quilt construction and her work in isolation from others has solidified her own voice. She makes her quilts for herself, to satisfy the compulsion to create, to express something she wants to say.
Wells will discuss the origins and early years of her quilting career, the development of her story quilts and picture quilts on religious and sociopolitical themes, her working process as an artist, her esthetic preferences, and her dealings with the art world and fellow artist in contexts ranging from the local to the international.
Her quilts have been exhibited in galleries, included in museum collections, and acquired by folk art collectors. She has earned the prestigious Alabama Arts Award and the Visual Craftsmanship Award from the Alabama Arts Council. Hallmark even noticed how wonderful they were and incorporated some of her designs into greeting cards.
“I taught myself and have had no formal training in quiltmaking. I consider myself a quilt artist and take pride in making big, bold, primitive and unusual quilts.”
Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939)
Rosa Parks I, 2005
Cotton/ polyester blend, polyester, cotton, plastic buttons
89 ½ in. x 73 in.