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
Nadia Alexis is a poet, photographer, educator, and organizer who was born in Harlem, New York City to Haitian immigrants. Her poetry and personal essay writing have been published in The American Poetry Journal, Kweli Journal, On She Goes, Texas Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and elsewhere. Her photography has been published in fields magazine, TORCH Journal, and the MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora anthology. In 2019, she was named the recipient of honorable mention prize in poetry for the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Award for College Writers. She has received poetry and visual art fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, The Watering Hole, and The Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship program. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. She is currently a creative writing doctoral student at the University of Mississippi where she also earned her MFA. - shared from Nadia's website
With a bio like that, I feel so lucky that she will be showing her photos for us. - Erin
Welcome to the introduction of another Motel Art Show artist, showing next Saturday, October 26th at The 13th annual One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel.
Zet Gold a painter based in Des Monies, IA. You can follow her work and process here. See you at the show! - Erin