“It takes a little madness and a lot of passion to spend as many hours working in the studio as I do. I couldn’t live without it. But I couldn’t live without my family either.”
— Jean Ray Laury, The Creative Woman’s Getting-It-All Together at Home Handbook (1977)
Jean Ray Laury cherished her roles as wife, mother and homemaker, but also realized her need to create. She balanced these two aspects of her life, aiming for excellence in her art rather than in her housekeeping skills, arguing that “Dust is a great preservative.” Nevertheless, Laury derived lifelong creative inspiration from her surroundings—family, household events, everyday objects and nature—infusing the ordinary with vitality.
Click images below to view larger and read more information about some of the quilts included in the exhibit.