Yvonne Wells’ quilting genius was noticed at her very first Kentuck Festival of the Arts, where she won Best in Show in 1979.
A fixture at the festival for over 30 years, her work as a folk artist has moved far beyond Tuscaloosa.
Wells' story quilts are inspired folk art. They have included tributes to Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, the Civil Rights struggle, and religious themes.
Ms. Well’s quilts have appeared on a series of Hallmark cards and have been displayed in Italy and in France. She recently had an exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, which houses the world’s largest collection of quilts. In 1993, she received the honor of designing a quilted Christmas tree ornament for the national Christmas Tree at the White House.
Kentuck Art Center also houses some of her work as a part of their permanent collection, Amy Echols, the Center’s director, says.
“We are so proud to be a part of the lives of artists like Yvonne Wells," Echols said. "Supporting artists and giving them a place to develop and grow is a major part of the work of the Kentuck Art Center and Festival.”
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