South Baldwin Community Theatre raffling quilt to raise funds
Gee’s Bend collectible to be displayed & raffled at January event
The Gee’s Bend community has become famous for its quilts, hand made by generations of its Boykin residents. This group of Alabama women has gained national and international acclaim for their work in carrying on the tradition of quilt making.
To benefit its new SBCT costume department, South Baldwin Community Theatre is proud to offer the opportunity to own an authentic piece of this Alabama history!
The theatre is selling a quilt made by Gee’s Bend Quilting Collective director, Mary Ann Pettway, (above). A fundraising gala will be held in January, where the quilt titled “Climbing the Ladder” will be displayed and sold. For more info on the event and the Gee’s Bend quilt, visit sbct.biz.
Dozens of quilts, featuring the distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on tradition American quilts, but with geometric simplicity, have toured America’s most important art museums, including Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Whitney Museum of America Art in New York and the museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Newsweek, NPR, PBS, Art in America, CBS News Sunday Morning, and Martha Stewart Living are among the TV shows that have featured this Alabama treasure.
Publications, such as House and Garden and Oprah’s O magazine are among the hundreds of print and broadcast media organizations that have celebrated the quilts and history of this unique town. In August of 2006, a series of ten US postage stamps were dedicated to the Quilters. Each stamp in this collection contained the image of a Gee’s Ben Quilt.
Pictured: DeAnn Milly, SBCT’s costume mistress and Gee’s Bend Quilting Collective Director Mary Ann Pettwaywith the quilt being raffled.