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The NALL Collection of Alabama Art

featuring Betty Sue Matthews

July 3 – July 31, 2020


Betty Sue Matthews, 1944 – 2018, was a completely self-taught, Alabama “outsider” artist working in unconventional materials. Her life-size tin cutouts of “fat babies, gentlemen, ladies and little biddies” feature the original rust and cracks in the tin.


Matthews painted on both sides of the tin with house paint, and hand-cut them out “like paper dolls.” Subject matter in the exhibit also includes pigs, dogs, roosters and cows. Nationally acclaimed artist Nall Hollis, a Troy native, met Matthews in Brundidge, Alabama before she gained notoriety and immediately began collecting her work. Nall has stated “I was so impressed. I knew I had discovered an Alabama genius.”


Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and the Rosa Parks Museum. She has also been featured in National Geographic magazine, and in Kelly Ludwig’s 2007 book “Detour Art: Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast.”


The collection of artworks is now part of the Nall Collection of Alabama Art at ESAC. All work is for sale to benefit the Eastern Shore Art Center and Alabama Artists.

“Then and Now”

Letty Oratowski

June 5 – July 31, 2020


Letty Oratowski began her career as an art teacher, having received a B.A. in Education from Newark State College (now Kean University) followed by an M. A. in Art from the University of Iowa. She practiced as a studio potter in Maplewood, N. J. for fifteen years, using a high-fire stoneware kiln that she built outside of her studio. After this she changed direction completely and earned a BSN degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. Soon afterward Letty discovered a new artistic direction, pouring her energy into painting, and was successfully balancing both careers for three decades.

While living in N.J. her work was shown at the Somerset Art Association, the Mountain Art Show in Bernardsville, the Raritan Art Gallery, the Ridgewood Art Show, and the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, as well as corporate galleries at Pfizer, Nabisco, and ADP. She exhibited with N.J. Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, the Essex Watercolor Society, and the Exhibitors’ Co-op of South Orange, N.J., receiving numerous awards and recognition for her work.

Having moved to Fairhope in 2014, she joined the Kiln Studio and resumed making pottery and teaching. She became a member of ESAC, exhibiting her paintings in numerous juried shows there. Then in 2019, she discovered figurative sculpture in stoneware and has been consumed by that medium ever since.

Ashley Terrell

June 5 – July 31, 2020



Ashley Terrell is a Mobile artist who earned an Art degree from the University of South Alabama. She has experimented with all types of mediums and genres, keeping it fresh by always trying something new. She currently paints with mixed media and uses an old-world type glazing process in her soft, tranquil landscapes of the Gulf Coast. She switches it up with bold graphic textures and colors to create abstract pieces that make a statement. Ashley has clients all over the country and feels that she is blessed that she gets to spend time doing the things she loves.

Members’ Sales Gallery

June 5 – August 28, 2020


This exhibit offers ESAC members at artist level or above the opportunity to display and sell their work at the Eastern Shore Art Center. Each member may submit one piece and if sold can bring in a replacement. This gallery changes out every other month.


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