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Alfreda's World (Wyrick & Company)

Wyrick & Company (2003). 90pp. 96 color paintings and black-and-white drawings by Mary Whyte. 8.75 x 8.75 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-941711-67-6. ISBN-13: 978-0-941711-67-8.


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From the Book Jacket

About the Book

Alfreda's World is the story of shared experiences and values that deepened the friendship between two remarkable women. It is told in the watercolors and drawings that artist Mary Whyte created over a ten-year period and is the personal narrative of an artist who encounters the Gullah culture and its remarkable people.

Mary White, a Caucasian, moved to an island on the South Carolina coast and developed close friendships within the African-American community. Soon after her arrival, and quite by accident, she met Alfreda LaBoard and her intrepid group of senior citizens who gather weekly to make quilts and socialize in a small rural church. Long time residents of Johns Island and descendants of slaves, these women would change her life and her paintings in astonishing and unexpected ways.

Alfreda's World blends Mary's beautiful art works with her narrative of this unique relationship. It is a story that crosses racial and cultural borders and reaches straight to the heart.

About the Author

Mary Whyte has earned national recognition as an artist and illustrator. Her works have been exhibited at some of the nation's most prestigious museums and exhibitions, including the American Watercolor Society and the Allied Artists of America. She is a graduate of The Tyler School of Art and resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

The front jacket illustration, “The Hugo Sweater,” is a watercolor by Mary Whyte.


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