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CAMTalks - Not So Naive: Growth of a Quilter

Saturday, July 16

2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

CAMTalks, Exhibit Openings & Events

Location Change: This event has been moved to the Cape Ann Museum Auditorium
27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Free and open to the public, registration required.
Livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo

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.

Due to high interest in this event, the talk has been moved to the Cape Ann Museum Auditorium at the Downtown Campus, 27 Pleasant Street. After the conversation at 3:00 pm, there will be a small gathering to celebrate Doris Prouty’s life’s work from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

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