I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Weeden House Museum. There are a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guide did a fabulous job.
The Weeden House was built in 1819, by H.C. Bradford. The intricate woodwork and the federal architectural style is stunning. The Weeden family owned the home from 1845 to 1956.
Maria Howard Weeden (1846-1905) lived in this house her entire life. She was a poet and an artist. Maira was particularly interested in the lives of the black people she encountered on a regular basis. She was bothered by the way they were treated and wanted to give them a voice in the world.
Maria Howard Weeden painted realistic portraits of the black people, instead of the cartoonish images that were popular during the Reconstruction period.
Maria also spent hours talking to the black people she painted, so she could learn their life stories.
Maria used poetry to expose the horrible circumstances of their lives. The rhythm and cadence reflected the positive personalities of the people, in spite of their lifelong suffering.
Maria Howard Weeden was truly a woman ahead of her time.
Yesterday, Gwen and I went to Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama.
My favorite exhibit was “Safe” by Sarah Carlisle Towery. The colors in the painting are striking. You can see the deep emotions felt by the subject of the painting. I think it’s an excellent piece of art, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to view it.
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center is located in Decatur, Alabama. It is only a couple of blocks from the banks of the Tennessee River.
The current exhibit showcases local artist.
I took another painting class last night and had a blast. This painting is called Starry Night Over Huntsville.
I took an art class at Pinot’s Palette. It was a blast and the instructors were wonderful. I had so much fun, I decided to take another class next month.
This is my painting. It wasn’t a difficult piece, but birds gave me a bit of trouble.
According to the dictionary, art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination,” and an artist is one who creates art.
Some people judge artist by trying to put them in a box. If your art is not to their standard and liking, then they think you are not a real artist.
If you are an artist, don’t allow people to put you in a box. Let your creativity and imagination shine through in your work.