PERU STATE ART GALLERY
Anna May Whittington
Aug. 25th - Sept. 19, 2013
Anna May Whittington was born on November 13th of 1916. She has lived most of her 96 years in Nemaha County in southeast Nebraska.
Her mother taught her to sew during The Great Depression in the 1930's. And today on the doorstep of her 97th birthday, Anna May is still turning scraps into masterful works on a daily basis.
Anna May enjoys the mystery of the material that unfolds every time she creates, "I like to see how it turns out, what I can figure out."
Anna May says she remembers creating with material as a child in the 1920's, "I took a real simple piece of probably a flower sack and made a handkerchief out of it."
Even at 96 years of age, Anna May says some of the material used in her wall hangings is older than she is. The material was acquired by her mother more than a century ago.
Ken Anderson is a long-time Peru State art professor and gallery director. Ken got acquainted with Anna May's work at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Brownville, Nebraska, "I just became enamored with the design, the composition, the color, the attention to detail and I thought it needs to be displayed in a gallery. If you look around at her work you'll see the design and compositions are not unlike a painter."
If you'd like to check out Anna May's exhibition for yourself you can do just that from now until Thursday, September 19th.
There is no charge and the display is open to the public in the A.V. Larson building on the campus of Peru State College.