Read about our Featured Art Exhibit
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY
feb 2 — feb 21
RECEPTION & READING, Sunday, Feb 10th, 3:00 — 4:30 pm
Honoring Elizabeth Keckley
HGA presents the seventh annual featured show, It’s All About the Story. Each year gallery members choose a local author and book or story collection to respond to in their own medium. Previous authors include Michael Malone, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, John Bemis, and Nancy Peacock. This year the artists have selected a work by a person who plays a very significant role in the history of Hillsborough, Elizabeth Keckly. Her memoir, Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, describes her remarkable journey from slavery in Hillsborough to freedom as an accomplished dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Each piece in the group show, It’s All About the Story, is an artist’s response to Keckly’s inspiring book.
In conjunction with the show, a reading by Dr. William L. Andrews from his new book “Slavery and Class in the American South” is being hosted at 3pm on February 10th at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Dr. Andrews is the Maynard Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an expert in African American literature, Southern literature and North American slave narratives. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
Click to see video of Elizabeth Keckley from Our State Magazine