Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art

Telfair Academy May 20 - September 6, 2011

Exhibition Closed September 2011

Cultural heritage and individual expression are integral to the lifestyle and livelihood of the people of the South. Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art draws on this wellspring of tradition and originality through contemporary and traditional craft expressions created by Southern artists. Whether in the studio or at the kitchen table, each craftsperson represented in this show artfully balances skill and creative vision with connections to community and place.
Their works are well-crafted objects that symbolize family heritage, cultural identity, and artistic inheritance, which are often created with a willingness to explore and experiment with new and inventive methods of expression. As part of our living artistic heritage, the objects in this show are reminiscent of the many inspired ways to work and live in the South today.

Tradition/Innovation is a project of South Art, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Darryl Montana- Tunic (3)

Minnie Adkins- Jensen (2)

Darryl Montana; Mardi Gras Indian Suit (Apron detail), 1997. Minnie Adkins; Fox, 1997.   All Photos by Mike Jensen


The Glass Class: An Introduction to Blowing Glass with Jonathan Poirer
June 11, 1hour workshops. Pre-registration required for times between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Take this rare opportunity to find out what it’s like to blow your own glass. Work with Savannah Glass Artist Jonathan Poirier at his Drayton Glass studio and take home your creation. This one-hour class is designed to give beginners an introduction to basic glassblowing. The class will provide students ample hands on experience with classic techniques such as shaping glass, and creating basic forms. By the end of the workshop, students will have made paperweights, ornaments and vessels. Tuition: $50 Telfair members/$60 non-members

Sweet Grass Coil Basketry with Yvonne Grovner
June 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sweet grass basket making is a traditional folk craft associated with South Carolina’s Sea Islands and has its origins in West Africa. Join renowned Sapelo Island basket maker and Tradition/Innovation artist Yvonne Grovner for this introduction to coil basket techniques. Yvonne J. Grovner is a master basket maker on Sapelo Island. She was taught by Mr. Allen Green, a national treasure and master basket maker. All materials will be provided. Tuition: $50 Telfair members/$60 non-members

Silversmith Workshop: The Three-Dimensional Form with Julia Woodman
July 9, 10-4 p.m.
Work with renowned silversmith and Traditions/Innovations artist Julia Woodman to learn her unique 3D tessellation technique. These constructions contain space, expose light, and cast color by reflection. This workshop is a great opportunity for the beginner as well as the seasoned craftsman. Participants will create a 4 stop Brocade in the honeycomb tessellation method. Tuition: $85 Telfair members/$95 non-members

Introduction to Wood Turning with Steve Cook
July 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2-5 p.m.
Work with Steven Cook, local wood turner and president of the Low Country Turners, a chapter of the American Association of Wood Turners. First timers will get a strong introduction, and novice wood turners will have the opportunity to further skills. Safety, proper equipment, tool use, and the selection and mounting of material will be covered in depth. Learn basic turning by first watching a demonstration, then completing a project yourself under a qualified instructor’s guidance. Tuition: $60 Telfair members/$70 non members

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Call 790-8823 or email bradleyk@telfair.og


Featured Artists

Minnie Adkins
Isonsville, KY
Carole Demesmin
Davie, FL
Gwendolyn A. Magee
Jackson, MS
Mary Jane Prater
McMinnville, TN
Alice R. Ballard
Greenville, SC
Keith Felder
Denham Springs, LA
Shawne Major
Opelousas, LA
Bonnie Seeman
Boca Raton, FL
George Berry
Pearl, MS
Yvonne Grovner
Sapelo Island, GA
Steve Miller
Tuscaloosa, AL
Henrietta Snype
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Elizabeth Brim
Penland, NC
Douglas Harling
Hindman, KY
Darryl Montana
New Orleans, LA
Kimberly Sotelo
Opelika, AL
Jerry Brown
Hamilton, AL
Jean Horner
Rockwood, TN
Geraldine Nash
Port Gibson, MS
Billie Ruth Sudduth
Bakersville, NC
Clay Burnette
Columbia, SC
Nicario Jiménez
Naples, FL
Craig Nutt
Kingston Springs, TN
Julia Woodman
Atlanta, GA
Fong Choo
Louisville, KY
Ladies of Knox County
c/o Angie May
Barbourville, KY
Vernon Owens
Seagrove, NC
Jugtown Pottery
Sunkoo Yuh
Athens, GA

Virgil Ledford
Cherokee, NC

Mark Peiser
Penland, NC

*Contact South Arts for information