Wednesday, September 21, 2005

After the Storm - Article in The Clarion Ledger

Today's Clarion Ledger has an article about our upcoming show. Read it online here.

Monday, September 19, 2005

After the Storm: Artists for Artists' Sake (the Attic Gallery's 34th Birthday Show)

Swwet Emma by Lorraine Gendron of Hahnville, LA
An art show benefiting artists from the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina will open September 30 at Vicksburg's Attic Gallery.

Lesley Silver, owner of the Attic, explained that they had been planning their annual celebration of the anniversary of the gallery with a show featuring work by old and new artists, but events of the last few weeks seemed to demand something more. "This storm has blown away and damaged the homes of so many of the artists we represent, and it has blown those artists all over the country. The artists who were planning to participate in the opening want to help their fellow artists; so, they are designating some of their new work to be sold to go into a fund for them. And we thought we could also put the spotlight on existing work by those evacuees, because creating this art is their job, and if people will buy their art, it supports them directly."

"Katrina has caused so much damage and loss, it is too big for us to understand. The artists we know from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast all have individual stories that touch us deeply because they are our friends. We hope we can do something to sustain them and help them move forward."

The show now has four components:

One:
The originally planned featured artists are:

Jean Blue - Paintings
Kennith Humphrey - Paintings
Lorraine Gendron - Paintings and constructions
Ellen Langford - Paintings
Susie Ranager - Paintings
Ky Johnston - Paintings and pottery

Two:
"Many regional artists are calling me and offering to donate some of their work to be sold for the benefit of those who have lost their homes and property. This storm has affected so many and people want to do something to help."

Three:
"We are tagging the work of artists from the affected areas to encourage people to support them in a direct way by buying their work. We haven't talked to everyone, but our artists who live in the affected areas and who we hope to help (if needed) include:

Mandy Buchanan - Laurel
Patt Odom - Gulf Coast
Mary Hardy - Gulf Coast
Mary Anderson Pickard - Gulf Coast
Dina O'Sullivan - Gulf Coast
Matt Steadman - Gulf Coast
Susie Ranager - Gulf Coast
Shand Stamper - Gulf Coast
Jeanne Abraham - New Orleans
Toy Hementoler - New Orleans
Dr. Bob - New Orleans
Lorraine Gendron
Hannah Cohen - New Orleans
Pat MacDonald Fowler - New Orleans
Kathy Gergo - New Orleans
Sharon Johnson - New Orleans
Suzanne Saunders - New Orleans
Eric Buchanan - New Orleans
David Rae Morris - New Orleans
Deanna Douglas - New Orleans
Janet Urrate - New Orleans

There may be more to add, and some of these may not need help, but we know they are from the hard-hit areas."

Four:
Donations may be made online to a special account to benefit the Attic Gallery's Katrina affected artists, through the Attic website: atticgallery.net.

The public is invited to the reception: Friday, September 30, 7 PM until 9 PM. The show will continue through October.

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Now, Lesley is in "Deep" (but not on the cover)


Attic Gallery owner, Lesley Silver is featured as "Soul Model" in the Sept/Oct issue of Deep Magazine (Southern Women, Real Life). The issue is designated as the "Beauty" issue and the table of contents declares that Lesley, "takes us inside outsider art to unearth a new standard of beauty."

The article outlines the beginnings of the Attic and how folk and outsider art came to play an important role in the flavor of the gallery.

Today, the Attic Gallery is widely credited with giving respect to Southern outsider artists. "We give people permission to like and to do art," explains Lesley. " We hang trained and untrained artists' work side by side."

The Attic is a place of refuge and comfort for locals and international art lovers alike. One can easily spend a day among its treasures and not see them all.

"You meet people from all walks of life in here. We give Vicksburg another dimension besides the antebellum homes. You can glimpse real Southern culture in the art of these real people. And often the subject material stimulates dialogue about issues like racism and rural poverty."


Images of three of Lesley's own pieces are included. Click for subscription information about deep magazine.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dr. Bob sighting...

Missing New Orleans artist Dr. Bob has been sighted right here at the Attic Gallery today. He rode out the storm at his home in the Bywater and had a few too many adventures in the week following. As usual, he could neither be nice or leave. He cut his leg pretty badly and belately received medical attention for his wound. His spirit is strong...

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina...

Roy Blount, Jr. wrote a beautiful valentine to the city of New Orleans. It was in USA Today earlier this week and you can read it here.

In the article Roy says,

"I wonder about Doctor Bob, the self-taught artist who cuts Catahoula hounds out of roofing tin and surrounds them with root-beer caps, in a ramshackle studio that sprawls along Chartres Street close to the block between cross-streets called Piety and Desire. Many a New Orleans bar and restaurant displays the signs he paints with the slogan, "Be Nice or Leave." Has Doctor Bob left?"

Dr. Bob is one of our artists from the Crescent City and we have been wondering about Bob and so many of our artists who are from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Many have lost their homes and possibly their jobs. We are going to be putting the spotlight on them and hoping people will support them directly by purchasing their art.

For these artists their art sales represents a sizeable percentage of their income, and being able to sell their work could make all the difference for them.

The following artists are all from the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina. We have work by most of them in the Attic. We will be adding names and images as time permits.

Mandy Buchanan - Laurel
Patt Odom - Gulf Coast
Mary Hardy - Gulf Coast
Mary Anderson Pickard - Gulf Coast
Dina O'Sullivan - Gulf Coast
Matt Steadman - Gulf Coast
Susie Ranager - Gulf Coast
Shand Stamper - Gulf Coast
Jeanne Abraham - New Orleans
Toy Hementoler - New Orleans
Dr. Bob - New Orleans
Lorraine Gendron
Fred Haines - New Orleans
Hannah Cohen - New Orleans
Pat MacDonald Fowler - New Orleans
Kathy Gergo - New Orleans
Sharon Johnson - New Orleans
Suzanne Saunders - New Orleans
Eric Buchanan - New Orleans
David Rae Morris - New Orleans
Deanna Douglas - Hattiesburg
Janet Urrate - New Orleans

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