Posters, Paintings, Photos

POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS opens in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery on August 23, 2013

The Greenville Arts Council announces the opening of “POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS,” in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery, on August 23, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. This exhibit will feature a variety of works that highlight the blues culture just in time for festival season.

POSTERS: For over a decade, each year, the Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. (MACE) has offered the opportunity to artists all over the country to design the poster for the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. During this exhibit, the Greenville Arts Council will feature a selection of Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival posters from over the years. The artwork selected for the 2013 Festival poster will be displayed.

PAINTINGS: This exhibit will feature the paintings of Cleveland Artists Carolyn Norris. Her work was featured in the book Spirit of the Delta: The Art of Carolyn Norris. Raised in West Virginia, self-taught artist Carolyn Norris (b. 1948) moved as a young woman of twenty-one to Cleveland, Mississippi, a quintessential Delta railroad town on the famous blues Highway 61. To create one of her first paintings, she tore the wooden back off a dresser to use as a canvas. She painted with available house paint and completed the painting with face makeup. Thus began the realization of a passionate need to paint. Eventually, Norris came to serve as the visual griot of Cleveland. She has used a variety of media, painting on canvas, wood, paper, cardboard, glass, plates, tiles, sheets, floor covering, and mirrors. She also uses her garage door as a giant mural chronicling community events. In her extraordinary images, Norris shows daily black life in the modern Delta.

PHOTOS: Billy Johnson, Highway 61 Blues Museum Director, will exhibit photographs from his series titled, “Gone But Not Forgotten.” This photography collection showcases the many well-known blues musicians who defined the music genre who are no longer with us, though their legacy lives on.

During the opening reception representatives from the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will be present to sell tickets and posters. Poster artist Cristen Barnard will be on hand to sign posters. MACE will have information about the 36th Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. Artwork, books and posters will be available for purchase.

The exhibit is made possible by a sponsorship from Montage Marketplace. The “POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS” exhibit will remain in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery until October 21, 2013. For more information about the Greenville Arts Council visit their website at

The Greenville Arts Council is partnering with Bridging the Blues. Bridging the Blues is a movement to connect the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas to the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival at Warfield Point in Greenville, Mississippi-by showcasing a week of the blues along Highway 61. For more information about Bridging the Blues visit their website.