Join us for an opening reception with some of the artists in Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22! The combination of contemporary craft and traditional art in this exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to explore the "threads" between two different approaches to creating artwork, and also to compare the approaches of traditional and contemporary artists.
Works by 58 master traditional artists and contemporary craftspeople from the Southern Arts Federation's nine partner states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) will be accompanied by a rich array of artist interviews, stories and background information on the artists and their processes. Visitors will view works in glass, clay, fiber, metal, wood, paper and mixed media. Among the works on display will be wooden books, a Mardi Gras Indian costume, a set of silver mint julep cups, ceramic face jugs, white oak and sweetgrass baskets, an iron apron, miniature teapots, glass sculptures, traditional quilts, a wooden half hull boat model, ceramic goblets and a sponge diving helmet. Don't miss it!
Charles "Jean" Horner, Mandolin, 2007, spruce, curly maple, ebony, mother of pearl, abalone mussel shell, 28 x 10.25 x 2.75 inches. Courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation. Photo by Luis Quiles.