BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Folk artist Hattie Duncan will display work July 5-Aug. 26 at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception 4-6 p.m. July 12.
Hattie Duncan’s works in "Artwork from the Ship of Ophir features more than 20 pieces including sculptures and wall hangings.
Duncan remembers her father, a sharecropper, "was always sketching" in his spare time. Following his lead, she also spent her early years drawing maps and selling them to classmates for a nickel. As a self-taught artist, she began making her own canvas from easily accessible items such as cardboard and paper pulp. Little did she know that the canvas experiments would form the basis of her future sculptures using what she refers to as "paper clay."
Today, Hattie Duncan's folk sculptures are well known throughout the West Tennessee art community. She has been the subject of numerous shows and featured in a "Creative License" segment, a television series on Tennessee artists.
Duncan is a master recycler, using egg shells, coffee grounds, pine cones, milk jugs and more to form the base of her colorful characters. Whether her sculptures are fashioned after a family member or someone in the community, there is always a story behind her pieces. Sometimes her work takes on the shape of shadows or other shapes from her imagination.
The show's title "Artwork from the Ship of Ophir," is based on the Bible story of Solomon sending his ships to the Island of Ophir to bring back gold, precious gems, peacocks and other treasures.
For more information, contact the Center at 731-779-9000 or visit www.westtnheritage.com.
About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and Tina Turner Museum offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the music heritage and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside, visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also, located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner now home of the world renowned Tina Turner Museum, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is located along the Americana Music Triangle, the world’s #1 music destination - a preservation project along a 1,500-mile stretch of highway that birthed nine uniquely American genres of music (blues, jazz, country, rock & roll, R&B/soul, gospel, southern gospel, Cajun/zydeco and bluegrass). For more information, visit www.westtnheritage.com.
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