Marquetta Bell Johnson
Textile Artist* Quilter * Arts Educator
Marquetta Bell Johnson was born into a family of tailors and quilters. Her family life provided a rich environment that fostered her creativity as a youth. She is a self-taught artist, creating hand dyed textiles, quilts, and collectibles. She has been fortunate because she has also benefited by the lessons she learned from other surface design artists and quilters.
Marquetta is also a teaching artist affiliated with many organizations such as The High Museum of Art -Atlanta, VSAarts of GA, the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning and the Names Project Foundation-the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Marquetta was selected as an International Arts-fellow by VSAarts representing the U.S.A in 2004. She was one of 12 Artists chosen. Marquetta has received the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for making a significant cultural contribution to the community. Marquetta also received a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts proclaiming her a master artist practicing a traditional Georgia art form. In addition, the organization provided funding for her to take on an apprentice and pass on her family’s legacy of quilting.
Marquetta's artwork is represented by Mason Murer fine Art galley and is in many private and corporate collections such as Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Marcus of Atlanta, Georgia, The Coca Cola Corporation and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Artist Has received several commissions with the most prominent being a Textile Mural for the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
Marquetta work has been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and featured on HGTVs"Crafters Coast to Coast". She is also the Author of Hand-Dyed Quilts, a "how-to" book about Quilting and Dyeing. Marquetta considers herself a community based artist using her creativity to impact the world in a positive way. She says," Every Stitch I make is an act of Love with the potential to foster harmony, well-being and peace.