art · tuscaloosa

art lightens day

 

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A Sydney Gruber piece. I know the walls where this will someday hang.

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.

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Local student whose work was part of a  contest sponsored by the Tuscaloosa chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

I was pleased to do just that even though it’s hard to judge art. I think all of the students did great.

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It is always good seeing my dear friend-sister Kaye.

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.

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We enjoyed learning about art in Birmingham via Lorrie Lane whose daughter has a studio and runs a gallery up there.

I also had great conversations with two other artists who have studios in the area: painter Lorrie Lane and and metalsmith Steve Davis.

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It was a pleasure meeting Steve Davis. His fun pieces put a smile on my face.

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.

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This piece is titled “Tornado Quilt.” It is a homage to the tornado that came through here seven years ago next month.

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.

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A close up of the tornado quilt.

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.

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