Austinville Elementary School
February 8 - 12 News
Austinville Excited to Host Gee's Bend Quilters
This coming Wednesday, the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers will come to Austinville! This is the second part of the artist lineup from Mrs. Beth Young's grant. Information may be found on this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUO7GGoH5hc
Gee’s Bend is a small community near the Alabama River in Wilcox County. It was once deemed as one of the most impoverished communities in the nation. Quilts were in high demand here because for most of the 20th century, residents lived in unheated shacks that lacked running water and electricity. In the late 1960's, the quilts got their first national exposure through the Freedom Quilting Bee in Camden. In the latter part of the 20th century Atalanta museum curator, William Arnett “discovered” them and became a catalyst by putting their art in museums around the country. They are now international stars. Their art can be seen in major museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Their art is often compared to the art of modern artists such as Klee or Mondrian. They have an amazing attitude of “take what life gives you and make the most of it.”
January 4-March 31
The Carnegie Museum of Art will exhibit Gee’s Bend Quilts Free! (This could be a great field trip!)
February 14 The quilters will attend Cannan Missionary Baptist church in Hillsboro. This will be a great way to meet them.
February 15 The quilters will be at the Decatur Public Library to sign books.
February 17 The quilters will spend the day at Austinville. Kids will meet with them, learn simple stitches, and will learn about their history. They will also offer an afternoon workshop for parents, teachers, and kids. (Like our paint party.)
February 19 From 8:30-12:30 The Alabama Center for the Arts will offer a workshop with Mary Ann and China Pettway, two of the quilters. Tentatively from 6-7:30 quilters will sing and mingle at the Carnegie Visual Arts center.
February 20 1-3 quilters will be at the Turner Surles center in downtown Decatur to sing, quilt with the community, and have a roundtable discussion. The entire public is invited. The Decatur Youth Enrichment Center will sing with the ladies, and the entire public will be invited to sing, talk and quilt.
Quiltmaking in Gee's Bend
~ from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Mark Your Calendar
- 4 - Progress Reports Went Home
- 15 - President's Day - Schools Are Closed
- 16 - STAR Testing (Math) Week
- 17 - Gee's Bend Quilters Visit Austinville
- 19 - Clubs
- 22 - ACT Aspire Practice Testing Week