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November Issue 2003

Center for Craft Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, Features Exhibition of Works by Self-Taught Artists

The Center for Craft Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, presents (Folk) A.R.T. IS, an exhibition of work by self-taught artists from the collection of Scott Blackwell and the Immaculate Baking Company. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 5, 2003.

Artists with works in the exhibit include: Minnie Adkins, KY, Ivy Billiot, LA, Richard Burnside, SC, Archie Byron, GA, Burgess Delaney, MS, Carl Dixon, MS, Roy Ferdinand Jr., LA, Howard Finster, GA, Lonnie Holley, AL, James Harold Jennings, NC, Willie Jinks, GA, Anderson Johnson, VA, Clyde Jones, NC, Leonard Jones, GA, M.C. "Five Cent" Jones, LA, Joe Light, TN, Charley Lucas, AL, Jake McCord, GA, R.A. Miller, GA, Reginald Mitchell, LA, Sultan Rogers, MS, Lorenzo Scott, GA, Earl Simmons, MS, Bernice Sims, AL, Vollis Simpson, NC, Mary T. Smith, MS, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, AL, Al Taplet, LA, Sarah Mary Taylor, MS, Mose Tolliver, AL, Hubert Walters, NC, Annie Wellborn, GA, Chuck Williams, LA, and Purvis Young, FL.

Georgia artist Leonard Jones has lived in the same rural community his entire life. Born in 1955 and raised on a farm, Jones does occasional farm work, logging work, and odd jobs to support him. He lives simply, without a car and often without electricity or running water. He began painting seriously when he was 17, when he discovered a talent for making exact copies of photographs. Today Jones much prefers to paint simple, sweeping memory scenes. His materials of choice are house paint and roofing tin.

The exhibit features the collection of Scott Blackwell, owner of the Immaculate Baking Company. The exhibit was co-curated by Sheri Kafka Wagner, an international museum design consultant from San Antonio, TX, and Elaine Eff of Maryland Historical Trust. A 16-minute documentary, Southern Folk Art, featuring footage of artists from the collection in their environments, will be presented during exhibition hours - Tue.- Sat., 1-5pm.

Several programs will be offered in conjunction with this exhibition including: On Nov. 4, 2003, from 1-4pm, demonstrations by folk artists will be offered. At 3:30pm - TEA TIME TALK presents "Necessity and Beyond. FOLK Art is," a talk by Elaine Eff, of Maryland Historical Trust. Eff is a folklorist, filmmaker and oral historian who studies, curates and appreciates folk art for museums and arts councils nationwide. TEA TIME FILM features The Screen Painters.

On Dec. 2, 2003, from 1-4pm, demonstrations by folk artists will be offered. At 4pm - TEA TIME TALK presents "Finster's shoe" a talk with Scott Blackwell, owner of the Immaculate Baking Company and founder of the Folk Artist's Foundation, responsible for the planned Folk Art Museum in Hendersonville that will open this collection to the public. He will talk about his experiences as a collector starting 20 years ago with Howard Finster's "shoe."

For more info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/890-2050, e-mail at (info@craftcreativitydesign.org) or at (www.craftcreativitydesign.org).

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