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This spring we continue our celebration of Alabama and its rich visual arts culture. The 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, the Museum’s biennial exhibition of works by Alabama artists in partnership with the Montgomery Art Guild, will be on view from April 29 through August 6. This year’s MAG featured artist is painter Mary Lynne Levy, a longtime supporter of both the Museum and the Art Guild.
The MMFA has also partnered with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History to celebrate the bicentennial of statehood by exhibiting an art form with deep roots in Alabama culture, quilting. Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts, on view through April 16, presents examples of Alabama-made quilts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the Museum and Archives collections. Do not miss this opportunity to see these fragile and rarely exhibited treasures. As a part of this project, the two institutions created a special website, sewntogetheralabama.org, which is a valuable internet-based resource for information on Alabama quilts and quilters.
Our annual Flimp Festival draws inspiration from the quilt show this year and will be held on Saturday, May 6. We are again partnering with the talented Booker T. Washington Magnet High students and our many volunteers to produce a wonderful day filled with art, music, and performance for family members of all ages. This year’s featured artist is quilter Yvonne Wells. Also, be sure to bring your costumed pet to participate in the Do-Dah Parade, which kicks off Flimp and introduces festival attendees to lovable and adoptable canines from the Montgomery Humane Society. As always, chalk artists will take to the parking lot to generate the beautiful, yet ephemeral, works we enjoy each May.
Finally, I hope you will plan to visit us as we mark International Museum Day on May 21. On this day we celebrate our mission—to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality—for the people of central Alabama.
Mark M. Johnson