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Exhibit spotlights African American folk art

Apr 11, 2014
by Staff

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum opened a unique exhibit this spring that brought together folk art from four well-known African American vernacular artists.

“The Object Tells a Story: African American Folk Art from Florida” featured Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young and ran through February.

While none of the artists undertook professional arts training, each has found their way into the annals of American art while making use of available resources like house paint on plywood or discarded doors and other detritus found around yard.

The works touched on subjects from religion and history, race and urban development, to joy and death.

“The Object Tells a Story” was part of “Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience” created by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration. The program connects visitors and residents with important African-American exhibits, programs and historic sites in St. Augustine.

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