Opening Day - In Her Mind's Eye: Doris Elizabeth Prouty

Saturday, June 11

10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Openings & Events

Free and open to the public, registration required. 

Join the Cape Ann Museum for an opening day celebration of In Her Mind’s Eye: Doris Elizabeth Prouty at the Janet & William Ellery James Center. 

Doris Elizabeth Prouty (1947-2020) was a resident of Gloucester for over 40 years and a self-taught African American quilter. Working in vibrant colors and incorporating an abundance of shapes and patterns, Prouty’s quilts are founded in the traditions of African quilt makers and vividly capture the stories of her life and her community here on Cape Ann.

Beginning in the 1980s with traditional block patterns, Prouty quickly moved on to applique quilts that are at once functional and beautiful. With this transition, her work became increasingly complex as narratives related to social and climate justice, feminism, family, and black history emerged in her quilts.

In response to this exhibit, artists Claudia Parachiv and Sika Foyer will be installing Coming Back Together – An intimate gathering space on June 11. This outdoor, public art installation will be crafted with the participation of community members much like a sewing circle.  All skill levels are welcome and useful! The finished folly will invite people to sit, connect and share stories, while immersed in color.

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