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The Hudgens Center Explores the South

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Clementine Hunter, "Hunting for Blackbirds," c. 1960, Oil on Canvas. On loan from the collection of Steve Slotin

The Hudgens Center has an exciting new Folk Art exhibit opening this month, featuring a wide range of colorful and creative work. “We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art”# is now open and will be on view through May 21. This Southern folk art and Georgia pottery exhibition was co-curated by Steve Slotin and Michael A. Crocker.

There will be an opening reception for the “We Are Folk”# exhibit on March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., featuring an informal Gallery Talk by co-curators Slotin and Crocker at 7:00 p.m.# The reception is free and open to the public.

Slotin, curator of the folk art component of the exhibition, is the producer of Folk Fest and owner of Slotin Art Auctions in Buford. Crocker, curator of the folk pottery component of the exhibit, was heavily involved with the formation of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee and is a co-curator there. He is also a historian, collector and folk potter. Both curators loaned pieces from their personal collections for the Hudgens Center”s exhibit.

The exhibit showcases works by Southern folk artists and potters, such as a collection of works by the historically significant North Georgia Meaders family potters, including Cheever, Arie and Lanier Meaders face jugs on loan from Crocker. Works on loan from several local collections include such significant artists as Howard Finster and Minnie Evans as well as several “Memory Paintings” from Georgia”s own Mattie Lou O”Kelley and Louisiana”s Clementine Hunter.

Local collectors who loaned works for this exhibition include Lynne and Jim Browne, Tina A. Cox, Michael A. Crocker, Amy and Steve Slotin, and Deborah Peterson, as well as others who prefer to remain anonymous.# There will be a “Collector”s Insights”# gallery talk during the exhibit, to be scheduled at a later date, featuring one or more of these collectors.

According to Slotin, “[folk] art is produced by untrained people who draw on their culture and experiences in an isolated world; made with a true, untutored, creative passion.# It”s raw, expressive, unconventional, nonconforming, genuine and truly original.# Artistically acclaimed acceptance has caused this art form to blossom.”

The Hudgens is proud to announce a partnership with Creative Enterprises to showcase outsider art by their clients in the gift shop. Creative Enterprises is an area non-profit that assists individuals with disabilities in developing an optimum level of social, vocational and economic independence in their community, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer such beautiful and wonderfully creative artwork in our shop.

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