The Gadsden Arts Center celebrates a generous contribution of art to the Permanent Collection, representing cultural treasures that will be enjoyed for generations. The new acquisitions represent 18 valuable works of folk art by self-taught artists, increasing the collection in the last three years from 11 to 49 works of art by 29 different artists. Uninfluenced by movements or academic theories, folk artists works have an undeniable aesthetic impact on viewers, with art shaped by their environment and community.
Produced by the artistically inclined individuals of every culture on earth, folk art directly reflects the values of society. The most art historically important work in this gift, The Tiger Knocks the Lady Down and the Midget Runs Away, displays an assemblage by nationally acclaimed vernacular artist, Thornton Dial, Sr., and expresses a cultural identity shaped by racial conflict. Artists represented in this years gift are from the Southeastern United States, including Hawkins Bolden, Archie Byron, Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Edward Mr. Eddy Mumma, Mary Tillman Smith, Henry Speller, Mose Tolliver, and Felix Virgous.
Two additional sculptures were also added to the Permanent Collection: Firefly, by Tallahassee artist O.L. Samuels, who works mainly with found wood objects, such as tree trunks, roots, and old wood furniture; and a Pecan and Walnut bowl by the Elvin Kever, a gift in honor of the late Mr. Kevers relationship with Gadsden Arts.
The Gadsden Arts Center is scheduling its Vernacular Art collection to travel to museums around the country, starting at the Gibbes museum in Charleston, South Carolina in 2011.
The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincys historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St., just 10 miles from Tallahassee City Limits. Admission is $1 (members and children admitted free). Miss Helens Espresso Caf Dart and the Artists Guild Co-op are open MondayFriday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Catering Services and Guided Luncheon Tours are available by calling (850) 875-4866.
Attached photos: The Tiger Knocks the Lady Down and the Midgets Runs Away by Thornton Dial, Sr.; Firefly by O.L. Samuels