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Art by Ke Francis on display at Piedmont museum
A painting, titled ‘Ghost Rabbit and the Flood’ is one of 41 works by Southeastern artist Ke Francis on display at Piedmont College in Demorest.

An exhibit by painter, printmaker and book maker Ke Francis titled “Narrative Works” is on view through Feb. 21 at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art.

A public reception for Francis is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the museum, 567 Georgia St. in downtown Demorest.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Born in Tupelo, Miss., Francis is a professor in fine arts at University of Central Florida and also owns “Hoop Snake Press,” which publishes books and art prints. He spends his time between Mississippi and Florida.

Francis’ work is inspired by subjects familiar to him through his travels.

“Recorded images and stories from my travels are the raw materials of my narrative work,” he said. Since the majority of his time is spent in the Southeast, his art is most reflective of that environment.

While his work naturally springs from the most available visual resources, he also attempts to integrate concepts and images that have been passed down from a variety of cultural sources. It is the integration of these collective ideas, along with the use of first-hand regional idioms and personal environmental references that makes his work American.

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