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By the Fire: Heart. Home. Heritage. A Celebration of Black History Month

Join us for By the Fire: Heart. Home. Heritage. A Celebration of Black History Month, February 10 through March 31, 2018! This exhibition will feature beautiful, inspiring works of art by artists Helen LaFrance, Henry Jones, and more. Explore the rich heritage, culture, and amazing contributions of African Americans throughout our history.

By the Fire paintings consist of images of a warm fire where children and adults sit beside that glow and share moments. In our modern world such gatherings don’t happen as often. The glow usually seen emits from the screen of a phone, tablet or laptop, but the need to reconnect remains.

Within this exhibition, two artists share their paintings about life. One depicts the exterior world and the other delves into the internal. These visions join together to allow viewers two perspectives of keeping daily life. In the core of both is family.

About the Artists:

Helen LaFrance.

Helen’s nostalgic paintings take viewers to the moments. You are there experiencing the family event, seeing the smiling faces and movement of people. You connect with her images with the feeling of remembrance. She draws on the memories of people gathering in everyday Black life of work, leisure, and spiritual activities.

Henry L. Jones.

Through his abstract art, Henry pulls at the threads of the quilt that keeps families together. Reminiscent of memories of the pricked fingers of the women who sat, laughed and teased each other as they joined pieces of fabric, his paintings are an exploration of the family ties and historical memories in the Black community. Images that are sometimes provocative or evocative enable viewers to experience various emotions.

Both artists share their love for family and art in By the Fire, bringing together an array of colors and images. Like an actual quilt these two generations of creativity give us warmth. Their images take us “By the Fire” where we can sit and absorb the importance of Black History Month.

Special Community Quilting Event:

As a bridge to the exhibition,  a community quilt project will enable gallery guests to contribute words and or memories of their families. Those contributions will be written onto pieces of cloth which will later be sewn into the quilt. The objective is to connect people and find a common foundation — the family.

On Saturday, January 27th AND Saturday, February 3rd, The MACC will be hosting a FREE and fun historical classroom activity honoring Black History Month! The event is from 10am to 12pm, and open to ages 8 to adult. The theme will be Heart. Home. Heritage Mixed Media Quilt-making. Paint, stitch and glue your way into this beautiful project while learning about contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All supplies will be provided.

Students will work with an art educator over the course of a 2-hour session that combines art appreciation, art history as well as a hands-on art activity that when completed, will come together to create a community made quilt. This quilt will become part of The MACC’s permanent collection and will be displayed every year during Black History Month.

The quilt will tell the story of momentous Black American figures that influence our great nation. Each student will learn about a variety of pre-selected Black American historical figures and then choose which one they want to put on their quilt square. The students will be provided with various mixed media art supplies to color and decorate their quilt square. These pieces will then be joined together and sewn by black quilters to create a one of a kind community crafted quilt.

Within the African American community, quilting is a long tradition when stories and memories were shared in a circle near a fire.

These classes will fill up quickly so please register by emailing Holly Errigo at artclasses@themacctn.com or call 615-822-0789

 


 

Portrait of Helen LaFrance

Portrait of Artist, Helen LaFrance

Helen LaFrance

Helen LaFrance is a self-taught artist and memory painter whose artwork is inspired by God and her early experiences in a rural community. She has painted most of her life, documenting her western Kentucky rural and small-town experiences, first in Viola and then, for more than thirty years in Mayfield. Her paintings focus on everyday life- of work, leisure, and spiritual activities. In addition to paintings, LaFrance is an accomplished quiltmaker and sculptor. With her adventurous spirit, Helen LaFrance occupies a unique place in history as a remarkable American artist.

 

 

 

 

 

Helen LaFrance Church Picnic

Church Picnic by Helen LaFrance

Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen by Helen LaFrance

 

 

Helen LaFrance Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder by Helen LaFrance


Henry Jones

Artist, Activist, Author, Poet, Henry Jones

Henry Jones

Through his abstract art, Henry pulls at the threads of the quilt that keeps families together. Reminiscent of memories of the pricked fingers of the women who sat, laughed and teased each other as they joined pieces of fabric, his paintings are an exploration of the family ties and historical memories in the Black community. Images that are sometimes provocative or evocative enable viewers to experience various emotions.

Henry is an award-winning artist who shares many forms of creative expression in the flesh of an artist, a performance artist and a writer. His art has hung in museums, universities and galleries and is found in private and public collections. Whether creating art or writing, Jones seeks to discover what it means to be human and translates creatively. He’s typically inspired by his African heritage, cultural connections, social issues, and historical events. This enables him to reveal stories about people and himself to share. In his art, this lead him to discover a painting approach he calls “Gibbing,” which involves a spiritual approach of painting using his hands primarily instead of brushes. Jones places himself into a trance which directs the colors and figures to pull from his mind what he wants to create. By using his hands he enjoys feeling the viscosity of the colors while applying them onto surfaces. He has been Gibbing since 1991 throughout his artistic career and has exhibited his vibrant colors and provocative images in many venues. Jones is a self-taught artist who is on a journey of discovery to share with the world. His trip spills into the literary realm as a poet, playwright and performance artist. For example, he’s published poems in many publications. Performed and written numerous plays. Many times he combines his expression as a multi-dimensional voice to harmonize together both art and writing. There is no conflict. The creativity flows for this artist who is fueled with a passion for the arts.

 

Taken Griots Scream

Taken Griots Scream by Henry Jones

Anything But Black - Henry Jones

Anything But Black by Henry Jones

We See I am the Eyes by Henry Jones

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center

The Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is home to Historic Monthaven Mansion. Circa 1863, Monthaven is nestled in beautiful, Sumner County.

The Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is Sumner County’s first arts museum of its kind and is an inspiring addition to the Greater Nashville Region’s Arts and Museums community.

Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local and regional art and present exhibits of regional, national and international importance. History, arts, education, and community will remain an ever present commitment to the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center.

Join us and attend any of our art openings and exhibits and participate in our many art classes for adults and children.  Or, discover how you can reserve this beautiful piece of Tennessee History for your next event and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

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