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March Issue 2010

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Presents Major Folk Art Show

A blockbuster exhibit of folk art is showing at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, on view through Apr. 10, 2010. Looking Back, Walking Forward: Evolution of Southern Folk Art features 50 artists and more than 200 works. Much of the art is from the collection of Ted and Ann Oliver who operate Oliver's Southern Folk Art Gallery in Hendersonville, NC. All work is for sale.

The theme is the colorful history and fascinating trends of folk art, a genre that has skyrocketed in popularity. The exhibit contains such legends as Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Mose Tolliver, bestselling artists like Cornbread Anderson and Michael Banks, and younger innovators like Gabriel Shaffer and Sarah Rakes. Many artists are in national and international museum collections.

"Folk art is a grass-roots movement that started in rural America and continues to make a statement about Southern culture," says Ted Oliver. "We want to show that as issues change, folk art changes."

Oliver will give an informal lecture entitled "Challenging the Definition of Folk Art," on Mar. 2, 2010, at 7pm.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/859-2828 or visit (www.upstairsartspace.org).

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