After getting through what is usually a difficult lecture on slavery, but turned out not to be as hard to offer as it has been in the past, I had a bit of fun.
My sorority sister Kaye McKendrick had earlier invited me to Kentuck Art Center in Northport, Alabama, to judge art by local students.
I was pleased to do just that even though it’s hard to judge art. I think all of the students did great.
It was also a wonderful time to learn more about the art being created in greater Tuscaloosa. I can’t resist new pieces. I purchased two from Sydney Gruber.
I also had great conversations with two other artists who have studios in the area: painter Lorrie Lane and and metalsmith Steve Davis.
While there, I was reminded again of the way in which art makes this world a better place. Corny as it sounds, it’s true.
I was especially intrigued to see a wall hanging by Yvonne Wells. It was made of found objects following the 2011 tornado that roared this community. I arrived here three weeks later.
As we get through this transition in seasons, I pray for continued good weather. I look forward to also returning again and again to Kentuck.
PS Off topic, but not entirely…I am lucky to teach some of the coolest students.