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Monday, September 8, 2014

Art exhibits during Bridging the Blues

The show Backporch Blues, featuring the works of Mississippi Delta artists Bub Branton, Ellen Bidwell Dudley, Grace Buchanan, Cliff Speaks and Park Neff opens on September 12 the Greenville Arts Council's E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery at 323 South Main St

There will also be a poster signing with Cristen Barnard, the winner of the contest for the poster for the Highway 61 Blues stage of the Mighty Mississippi Music FestivalThe opening and show are part of "Blues Week," leading up to the Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival on September 20. 

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Como, Mississippi-based sculptor Sharon McConnell-Dickinson's blues "lifecasts" are on display at Delta State University's  Ewing Hall on the DSU campus--its the first building to your left as you enter campus on Highway 8. Over the last two decades Dickinson has captured the faces of dozens of blues artists, including legends Koko Taylor, Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Bobby "Blue" Bland. For more information visit her website.

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The Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas is hosting the show "Delta in Blues," a series of cyanotype photographs by Beverly Buys. Cyantotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The exhibit will be up from August 14 - December 31. The DCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - 5pm.

The Center is also hosting the exhibits "Fine Tuned Strings: The Guitars of Delta Cultural Center,including guitars owned and used by blues artists CeDell Davis, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Nighthawk and Howlin’ Wolf, and "Songs from the Field," which tells the early story of Delta music including field songs and field hollers and the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta. 

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Bobby Rush by H.C. Porter

The exhibit Blues @ Home by Vicksburg-based artist H.C. Porter is on display at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola through October 2. The show is based on photographs of 30 artists that Porter made and then transformed through painting. The portraits include a wide range of artists, ranging from B.B. King to lesser-known musicians such as T-Bone Pruitt of Laurel and YZ Ealey of Natchez. To read more about the project and to view many of the portraits, visit the Blues @ Home website.

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