Had SUCH a lovely evening being the featured guest at Evening With an Author at the University Club, Nashville, last night. A nice crowd turned out, sold some books (both new "Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories" and "Outsider Art of the South"). Such an interesting program where people who enjoy books, wine & smart conversation can gather. Kudos to Ginna Cannon Foster for starting it. People asked great questions and we continued the good time over dinner following the program. Many thanks to
those of you who came out to support me!
Was also pleased to find I was the Critic's Pick in this week's Nashville Scene!
Added plus and ego shot!
Look for Helen LaFrance in upcoming museum exhibitions at the Tennessee State Museum in July and Vanderbilt University Divinity School in September.
Friday, May 11, 2012
GUEST AT EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR FREE EVENT THURS. MAY 17, 6-7 p.m. AT UNIVERSITY CLUB, VANDERBILT CAMPUS
I am honored to be the featured guest at Ginna Foster Cannon's acclaimed series, Evening With an Author, on Thursday, May 17th, 6-7 p.m. at the University Club, 2402 Garland Ave., Nashville. The program is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. I'll be talking about my new book Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories and of course its hugely talented subject, self-taught Southern African-American artist Helen LaFrance. LaFrance's work was also featured in a chapter of my previous book, Outsider Art of the South. Both books will be available for sale and I'll be glad to sign them. I'll also have several of her paintings for show-and-tell. Cash bar is available and dinner at the Grille if you're so inclined.
The book is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of the artist, whose specialty is recording a way of life that is fast disappearing. With more than 200 color photographs, the book illustrates the range of her work, from memory paintings to wood carvings and articulated dolls, to quilts and Biblical interpretations. LaFrance paints scenes of a time and place that many can recall, but others respond to as well. I can't wait to share her story with you.