First Lady Dianne Bentley is an avid quilter and has expressed her interest in celebrating the beautiful quilts made in the state. She has also noted that she worked on a quilt using Dr. Bentley’s ties as she drove him around during the campaign. Inspired by her interest, as its first exhibition of the New Year, the Alabama State Council on the Arts has organized an exhibition of quilts by twenty-six quilt makers from throughout the state. Included in the exhibition is the Cathedral Window panel made by Mrs. Bentley during the campaign. The exhibition is on display in the Alabama Artists Galley in the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery.
Of special note in this presentation is the Pine Burr Quilt, designated the official quilt of Alabama by the Alabama Legislature in 1997. The logo for the Alabama Tourism Department’s award-winning Year of Alabama Arts campaign was based on the Pine Burr Quilt quilt design. The example in the gallery is on loan from the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Also of note is the quilt by Bettye Kimbrell and the North Jefferson Quilter’s Guild of Mount Olive. Kimbrell is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award. Two artists are recipients of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for excellence in craft: Murray Johnston and Nancy Goodman.
For more information on the quilt exhibit please see http://www.arts.state.al.us/news/index-news.html#Alabama%20Artists%20Gallery.