Exhibit and online bidding open August 1, 2020.
Auction closed August 28, 2020 @ 6pm
PINKY BASS / WEEZIE BRABNER / MARY ANN BRECHUN
EDLYN BURCH / ADRIENNE CLOW / bj COOPER / JACK DAILY
DIANE LESTAGE-DAVIS / STACY HOWELL / LUCY HUNNICUT
BEN KAISER / MARY ELIZABETH KIMBROUGH / JIM LAUGELLI
JEAN-MARIE MCDONNELL / JUDY OXFORD / JO PATTON
CAT POPE / NANCY RAIA / STEPHEN SAVAGE / JANE SELLIER
JULIE SNIDLE / MICHELLE TRAUM / B’BETH WELDON
BRYANT WHELAN / GINGER WOECHAN
All proceeds benefit Eastern Shore Art Center
THANK YOU to our event sponsor: BancorpSouth!
Via Slate Gray Gallery: Fran Nagy, a relatively new artist in Slate Gray’s stable, has Native American DNA. Working with acrylic and resin on canvas, like Modigliani, the paintings of this multi-disciplinary artist feature elongated form – but Nagy also depicts her figures with their backs to us as they forward march into an unknown future.
Some of her faceless shapes are stretched to the point of abstraction. Stretched any further and they might disappear into a simple line with no clear identity at all. Nagy’s forms could easily be read as exclamation points at the end of a story about what happened to Native Americans in a country that prides itself – or used to – on being a melting pot.
Native American art has developed over centuries, tracing its roots back to cave paintings, stonework, and earthenware. Typically linked to a deep connection with spirituality and Mother Earth, Native American art comes in many different styles and forms to reflect the unique cultures of diverse tribes.
“My Native American subject matter was inspired by cultural assimilation and my own dwindling genetic makeup. I am the last descendant who carries any physical trace of Native American Indian ancestry. The content of this work speaks for thousands of people who were forced to make a journey down a path of assimilation.”
Nagy’s timing appears to be spot on. Not only are Native issues finally being heard in the media, some of the loudest and loveliest voices are those of artists like her, an American, a native and (in her case, part) a Native American. Think of Fran Nagy’s paintings as commentaries on the complex relationship between Native and U.S. history and contemporary culture. Her work delivers a powerful message and speaks eloquently to “the ones who are remembered – by how they were forgotten.”
Continuing she says:
“As an artist and through my hands, I have found a voice to create art that is imaginative and also very personal. My work is influenced by my own ethnic and cultural experiences. My paintings, ceramics, and photographic art is abstract and contemporary, with a focus on the human form.”
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