Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art

This week when Shug and I were at the Aldridge Gardens to see the scarecrows on display, I noticed that some of the magnolias were going to seed. This pic isn’t in great focus, but you can see the seed pod and the beautiful ruby-red seeds hanging from the pod, just about to drop:

My favorite pic of a magnolia seed pod, though, is this one I took at Live Oak in Selma. Even the magnolias are draped in Spanish moss there:

I was so tickled to see that Alice Ballard’s magnolia pods were featured in the traveling exhibit Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art that’s starting this coming Saturday, October 4th (through January 18, 2009), at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Tradition/Innovation is scheduled to come to museums in Pensacola, Asheville, Sumter SC, Auburn, Biloxi, and a location TBD in Louisiana between now and 2010.

These pics below are not mine but appear courtesy of the exhibit for press usage:

Alice Ballard, Leaf with Small Magnolia Pod, Large Magnolia Pod, 2004, white earthenware, white terra sigillata (photo by Luis Quiles, 2007)

above: Alice Ballard–Clay/Contemporary Craft – SC

above: art by Bonnie Seeman

above: Irene Cheek – Fiber/Traditional Art – KY

There are more than 100 works by 58 artists that will be exhibited. It’s organized by the Southern Arts Federation (SAF) which is made up of artists from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina in conjunction with American Masterpieces, which is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

I was able to recognize these artists:
Minnie Adkins from Isonville, Kentucky
Mozell Benson from Waverly, Alabama
George Berry from Pearl, Mississippi
Jerry Brown from Hamilton, Alabama
Keith Felder from Denham Springs, Louisiana
Gustina Atlas and Geraldine Nash (the Crossroads Quilters) from Port Gibson, Mississippi
Darryl Montana from Kenner, Louisiana
Craig Nutt from Kingston Springs, Tennessee
Vernon Owens from Seagrove, North Carolina

…but the complete list is here, and a really nice visitor’s guide is available as a PDF here.

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