No stranger to showing in the Motel Art Show, Adrienne Brown-David will return this year to show her work for the 6th year. Born in St. Louis, MO, she began drawing at a very young age. Her passion for art was consistently nurtured by her family. She began taking extracurricular art classes at the age of 12. These classes consisted of everything from pottery to photography. For much of her life, graphite was the main focus of her art. After a brief stint at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a short return to St. Louis, Adrienne relocated to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. It was there that she began to focus on painting and mixed media. Her work ranges from pen drawings to full scale painted works. Her work now hangs in many private collections, including the home of writer Jesmyn Ward who owns three of Adrienne's pieces.
Adrienne Brown-David currently works from her home studio in Water Valley, MS where she resides with her husband, Taariq and their four daughters.
See more of Adrienne's work on October 26th, from 5 pm - 9 pm. - Erin
Church Goin Mule's work is a memory jug, a death-vase mash of the collective southern past, pearls and rusted nails, song and story, lore and loss. The mule is our common ground, the creature that every man, woman, and child of all origin knew, in a time before t-models and tractors. In a time of remarkable and perhaps increasing polarity, the mule is our grounding rod, pointing to not a better past, but a different one. Every person who worked, worked alongside a mule. The blues was born behind a plowing mule. Stories and poems, jokes and songs were prolific about the south's four-legged machine. Like much of our history, it's been forgotten and framed to tell a different tale. That story is a well known one, of glory and triumph. Our true story, our true flag is the white one of surrender, and of hard work, poverty, and loss. The mule was the first hybrid and he was always there, able to work harder, live longer, eat less. He stood beside moonshiners, levee builders, cotton farmers, timber-haulers, oil drillers, sugar cane men. He worked six days and brought his folks to church and town on the seventh. -
from Church Goin' Mule's website.
It's an honor to have her join us for the show on October 26th, from 5-9 pm, where you'll be able to get your own piece of folk art. - Erin
If you have been to the Motel Art Show the last few years, then you've met photographer Michael Foster. Each year he sets up his portable tintype studio up to take portraits during the show. In the past, the wait has been pretty long. So to cut down on some of the long line waiting he will have a signup sheet this year. Just head to his site to look into prepaying and securing your spot. This will give you more time to browse and enjoy the show! See some of Michael's work below. - Erin
Heather Sundquist Hall is an artist based in Smithville, Texas. Her work is heavily influenced by narratives, nostalgia, and details.
Heather’s illustrations have become pieces of her own stories whose purpose is to preserve memories like souvenirs.
Much of her focus is on the details. It’s the subtle floral pattern on a curtain or the kind of plaid a certain couch was that she sat on in November of 1986 that she is most attracted to explore.
Heather’s work is also an attempt to honor the past, either by way of exploring its authentic parts or through her own interpretations.
Although Heather’s work illustrates her personal stories, it is her hope that when making and sharing art, that she can create a connection with the person looking at it, inviting them to pause for a quiet moment, to feel even just the smallest pull on their heartstrings. Heather hopes to help them recall their own narratives, the stories that have helped to shape them and the ones that they live by. - shared from her website.
Meet Heather on October 26th, from 5-9 at the One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel. We are so thrilled to have her back from the second year in a row. - Erin
My painting is a vehicle to explore themes of identity, mothering, and personal growth. My aim is to expose the contradictions within my own identity; as one who wants to belong wholly to her family and wholly to herself, an artist with an intense commitment to studio practice, and a mother who desires to spend her days at home with her children. In the paintings, “mother-forms” are abstracted to defamiliarize the body in order to better explore its presence. The figures are often built around a domed shape that suggests a mountainous form, nodding to the persistent and cyclical climbs of parenting, nature, and metamorphosis. Roots, leaves, vines, and plants drawn with acrylic paint or pastel present as juxtaposing symbols of things we both cultivate, tend to and care for, as well as rip, pull, hide within or try to remove. - Kaylan
Kaylan is an artist living and working in rural Tennessee. She enjoys life in the country where she builds a life with her spouse; gardening, tending to their historic home and homeschooling their three children (ages 7, 3 and 1). Kaylan received her MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2017 and a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Communications from Houghton College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and community spaces across the United States. As a social extension of her art practice, in 2019 Kaylan created the Artist/Mother podcast, which interviews incredible working artists who are also mothers about their work and life. The Artist/Mother podcast has expanded to become a community that features events, exhibitions, mentor groups, retreats and more.
Meet Kaylan on October 26th, at the One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel. Follow her here. - Erin