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Southern folk art on display at Hudgens Center
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We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art

When: Through May 21; opening reception, 6-8 tonight

Where: Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, Duluth

The Hudgens Center will present a Southern folk art and Georgia pottery exhibition curated by Steve Slotin and Michael A. Crocker through May 21.

Steve Slotin, curator of the folk art component of our exhibition, is the producer of Folk Fest and owner of Slotin Art Auctions in Buford.

Slotin and Crocker will present an informal gallery talk at 7 tonight during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Crocker, who curated the folk pottery component of the exhibit, was involved with the formation of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee. He is also a historian, collector and folk potter.

Both curators loaned pieces from their personal collections for The Hudgens Center's exhibit.

The exhibit showcases works by Southern folk artists and potters, such as a collection of works by the historically significant North Georgia Meaders family potters, including Cheever, Arie and Lanier Meaders face jugs on loan from Crocker.

Works on loan from several local collections include such significant artists as Howard Finster and Minnie Evans as well as several "Memory Paintings" from Georgia artist Mattie Lou O'Kelley and Louisiana's Clementine Hunter.

Other collectors who loaned works for this exhibition include Lynne and Jim Browne, Tina A. Cox, and Deborah Peterson, as well as others who prefer to remain anonymous.

An "Collector's Insights" gallery talk during the exhibit will be scheduled at a later date, featuring one or more collectors.

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