Minnie Evans is the embodiment of the visionary artist. She is an African American painter of Wilmington, N.C., who has created a world of mythical animals, religious symbols and natural beauty. The film explores the sources of Minnie Evans' art--Airlie Garden, with its magnificent azaleas and swans, where Minnie worked as a gate keeper for 27 years and where she did most of her paintings. Scenes of a service in her African-Methodist church draw the connections between her religious fervor and her art. She tells about her mystical visions and traces her slave ancestry to her great grandmother's grandmother who was brought from Trinidad and sold as a slave in North Carolina. We see Minnie with her 101 year old mother and at the Evans' family reunion of six generations. Minnie Evans was 91 years old when this film was made in 1983. She died December 16, 1987 at age 95.
Angel That Stands By Me is part of the "Visions of Paradise" series on contemporary folk artists directed and produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light. You can find information about ordering this wonderful collection on DVD at www.lightsaraffilms.com.
More About This Film
- Transcript for The Angel That Stands By Me
- About the Artist: Minnie Evans
- More About the Artist
- Defining Evans' Work
- Terminology, Angel That Stands By Me: Minnie Evans\' Paintings
- Outsider Art: Psychosis or Expression of Folk Art-Making?
- Role of Religion in Outsider Art
- Reflections on the Life and Death of Minnie Evans
- Bibliography, Angel That Stands By Me: Minnie Evans\' Paintings