Black Belt Roots Festival, Eutaw AL

This past weekend, we went to the Black Belt Roots Festival in Eutaw. I was hoping to see some artists that we don’t see anywhere else, and we did!

Well, we did see some art that we know – there was a nice section with art by Charlie Lucas:

…so of course I had to get a pic of Av and the baby beside one of his assemblages:

Quilter Willie Poe was there, and she brought many pieces that she hand-quilts:

There were other quilters plus the women who do pine needle basketry, and a lady that makes white oak baskets (in the pic below). They were pretty rustic – finished, but not in that every-strip-is-even-and-has-perfect-edges way.

Saturday from noon to 6p is the annual Okra Festival in Burkville. We went several years ago, and this year they’re planning on having quilters, arts and crafts, and food – including of course okra. And Amos Kennedy with his posters, too! I don’t think they have a website for the festival, but there are signs about how to get there on Hwy. 80.

Amos also told me that this Saturday (the 29th) is the Alabama Black Film Festival at the Capri in Montgomery, and the documentary about him, Proceed and Be Bold! will show at 5p.

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