CAMTalks - Not So Naive: Growth of a Quilter

Saturday, July 16

2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

CAMTalks, Exhibit Openings & Events

CAM Green, 13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA
Free and open to the public, registration required.

Join the Cape Ann Museum for a conversation with Ila Prouty about her mother, Doris Elizabeth Prouty (1947-2020). Prouty was a resident of Gloucester for nearly 50 years, a self-taught African American quilter, a beloved community member, a teacher and a mother. Her quilts explore many traditions of American quilting, from familiar patterning to elaborate appliqué.  Together they narrate the stories of her life, her imagination, and her community here on Cape Ann.

For Doris, quilting became a means of creative expression, and a way of building community. She continually experimented with and mastered new techniques and color strategies, creating pieces that ranged from small studies, to bed quilts, to elaborate appliqué scenes.  Over time, her work became increasingly complex, and themes emerged, such as the imagined scenes from Africa (a place she never visited), and images from Gloucester.

This informal conversation will take place outside at the Cape Ann Museum Green. Limited chairs will be provided, participants are also invited to bring picnic blankets. After the conversation at 2:00 pm, there will be a small gathering to celebrate Doris Prouty’s life’s work from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Janet & William Ellery James Center. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling.

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