Free online Artist Talk “From Chaos to Quilts” at VBMA Oct 25

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The Vero Beach Museum of Art is offering a FREE online Artist Talk From Chaos to Quilts with Jean-Marcel St. Jacques on Monday, October 25 at 5:30 pm.

Jean-Marcel St. Jacques discusses his artistic practice and artworks, including Mother Sister May Have Sat in That Chair When She Lived in This House Before Me, on view in the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection.

Self-taught artist Jean-Marcel St. Jacques has spent the past 15 years making wooden quilts inspired by the destructive forces of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing inspiration from patchwork quilts and the ancestral spirit of his great-grandmother who made such quilts, the artist gather wood and objects salvaged from his hurricane damaged home and remakes these items into wooden quilts. From the devastation of natural forces comes forth an artistic creation.

Jean-Marcel St. Jacques

Jean-Marcel St. Jacques is a self-taught artist and 12th-generation Louisiana Afro-Creole. His family fled Louisiana in 1970 to escape racial oppression. He returned 16 years ago to reconnect with the land of his ancestors. He makes art with wood salvaged from his Katrina-damaged home in the Tremé neighborhood, and masks as a Medicine Man in the Black Masking Indian tradition of New Orleans. His art is in the permanent collections of the American Folk Art Museum, The Alexandria  Museum of Art, and in the homes of thousands of art-lovers worldwide.  

This online Artist Talk is FREE. Pre-register online at or by calling 772.231.0707 x 136 today.

The exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, with support provided by Art Bridges. Originally curated for installation at the American Folk Art Museum, February 11, 2020 — January 3, 2021, by Stacy C. Hollander, Independent Curator. Tour coordinated by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art, the American Folk Art Museum.

Museum programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, as well as the Holmes Family Foundation. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is a membership-based not for profit 501 (C) 3 organization pursuant to chapter 212, Florida Statutes.

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