Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are described as “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”
Greg Kucera will discuss the quilts of Gee's Bend, their artists, history, culture and their art from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) located on Spring Street in Friday Harbor.
Kucera has loaned several pieces and unique aquatints for the exhibition, Conversations With Gee's Bend at the art museum from May 25-September 3. Gee’s Bend quilts are internationally known for their improvisational and inventive qualities.
Three Gee’s Bend artists honored with the 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award Fellowship Artists, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Pettway and Lucy Mingo, exhibited at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle in 2017. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships “recognize individual artists for their artistic excellence and support continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.” The honored three artists are from “the oldest living generation of artists who represent this cultural legacy.”
The gallery walk and talk are at SJIMA at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, WA. The $10 admission fee allows access to all the exhibitions and members and those 18 and under are free.
The Greg Kucera Gallery features exhibitions “with eyes that remain fresh and a sensibility that regards contemporary art as the moving target it always is.” Kucera is knowledgeable and entertaining as he shares his excitement about this form of art.
At the Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition at SJIMA several artists across many mediums were invited to share their art inspired by the women and work of Gee’s Bend. To explore other events associated with this exhibition and the summer Art For Fun and Family Art Days go to www.sjima.org for more details.