I will have three of my latest painting in this show - the Rising Up! series :)
I was so excited to be part of this super fun group show!
Saint-Germain Cafe Gallery
Thursday, June 1st, 5pm - 8pm
We're celebrating the end of our exhibit BEARD with a little party. It's your last chance to see the ecclectic exhibit and buy a piece of one-of-a-kind artwork. We'll have cool music, sweet treats and a few cool giveaways.
Jan Little Jessie Dunlop
Jenny Long Carol Munro
Kristine Lee Carla O'Bee
Derrie Selles Bethany Handfield
Neil Terry Petra Höller
Mercedes Kordass Debbie Tougas
Maiya Robbie Liz Marshall
As anyone who reads my blog or newsletter knows, one of the places I was extremely excited about visiting on this trip was Michael Smith's At Home Gallery in Greensboro.
I had been following one of his featured artists, Dan Casado, on Facebook for many years and couldn't believe my luck at being about to see some of his work in person. I had been stocking the At Home website for months leading up to the trip.
I have to tell you the reality went way beyond the imagined and I could have moved right in. First of all, the gallery is literally right in Mike's home. Mike has the most impressive collection of folk and self-taught art I have seen in one place.
It was an immersive experience and I wanted to take everything home with me. Art covers every surface and is in every room. He is an accomplished photographer and has been covering this scene for many years through his own artistic journey documenting the artists and their world.
Mike is a charming raconteur and my mom and I could have listened to his stories all day long. I really hope that he makes a documentary of his experiences in the world of folk and self-taught art as it is a rich history and one he is steeped in through his personal connections and deep love of the subject. We could have listened for hours more.
If you are ever in Greensboro, do yourself a huge favor and stop in to see Mike and the amazing At Home Gallery.
I am so happy that there are champions like him in the world who see the value and artistry in works like these and also acts as an advocate for the artists. Helping them get their work into the world, be seen by other galleries, and get fair prices too. It is visionaries like Smith who through curating these works keep them from slipping away into obscurity and how wonderful for that.
This kind of expression touches me to the core and I am so happy to have had a chance to visit and see all of the magic in person. Fingers crossed that I get to go back soon.
Don't forget to stop off for some hush puppies and a bbq sandwich at Stamey's. I will have dreams about those hush puppies for a long time to come ;)
My journey to North Carolina was not just a journey of personal self discovery, but also one of artistic adventure. Meeting new artists and seeing as much art as possible.
North Carolina is green, lush, and very humid. The people were all so sweet and generous. I really can't wait to go back again.
It was good fortune that there was a major exhibition of "outsider" art at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro: Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation. This style of art just pulls at my soul. It is so open and without pretension or encumbered with layers of dogma and theory. It feels so pure and raw.
From the Weatherspoon website:
"The enigmatic—and often humorous and dramatic—works in this exhibition survey the production of five gifted artists: James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor, and Willie Young. Whether called “outsider,” “visionary,” or more accurately, “self-taught” art, the genre remains one of the most intriguing in modern and contemporary art. Each artist has examined an idiosyncratic reality to create works full of imaginative and visual power, works that stand beside the canon of the mainstream art world.
Three of the artists of African-American heritage grew up in the Deep South: Thornton Dial on a tenant farm in Alabama, Nellie Mae Rowe on a farm in rural Georgia, and Bill Traylor, who only began to draw and paint at age 84, born a slave in Alabama. Willie Young, also African-American, had a bit of training in a scholarship art class at the Dallas Museum of Art, but found his own voice later while shining shoes for a living. James Castle was born deaf and spent his entire life at his rural family home in Idaho."
The artists often worked with found materials and what was on hand - cereal boxes, soot/charcoal, house paint, children's school supplies - art by any means.
This Weatherspoon staff were very friendly and I had a lively discussion about the exhibition with several of them. Plus mom & I got a picture with "Spoony" on our way out.
If you are curious about my encaustic adventures in North Carolina you can read them over on the Exploring Encaustic blog.