About this Event
The Angel That Stands by Me is a documentary that features Minnie Evans, who is now regarded as one of America’s most famous and important visionary artists, and includes interviews that explore her artistic influences and religious beliefs. Most of her earliest pieces were executed in wax crayons; she later turned to colored pencils and oils. In 1948, Evans was hired as the gatekeeper for Airlie Plantation Gardens in Wilmington. For the next 27 years, whenever she wasn’t busy selling admission tickets, she made and sold her artwork on the side. In 1975, New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a major retrospective of Evans’ work.
The film is courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum through the generous gift of Allie Light, an Academy Award winner and the documentary's director. Light will introduce the film and be available for a Q&A after the screening.