We will be featuring the exhibit “Appalachian Spring” by artist Ali Printz from August 6 – September 20. She will be giving an Artist Talk Friday August 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian Spring seeks to give agency to the women of Appalachia, from New York to Georgia, and highlight the rich heritage that the region has contributed to American culture, as well as the stereotypes it has perpetuated. Despite its poverty, religious misconceptions, perceived political leanings and propensity to be taken advantage of for its natural resources, Appalachia is filled with a distinction and beauty that is often overlooked.
This show is not only representative of women’s roles in Appalachia throughout the last 150 years, but it also addresses the stereotypes that have been perpetuated throughout history in both subtle and blatant ways. As a native of West Virginia, many of these ideals are very personal to me, and I address the personal by including articles of my own clothing as sculptural elements in the paintings, along with other objects like dried flowers, consumer waste, and various mediums.
Ali Printz uses vintage photographs and sculptural fabric to reconstruct the lives of the forgotten women of Appalachia, while combining elements of contemporary issues facing the region that have been constants in her West Virginia upbringing. Miners, snake charmers, weavers, debutants, and shamans; all have a place for women as cornerstones in the whole of the culture. Through the traditions of folk art and craft combined with traditional portraiture and figuration, Printz hopes to reconstruct the importance of women’s roles as caretakers, heroines, and constants that permeates the culture and history of Appalachia.
We will also have the Kanawha Kordsmen performing from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for ArtWalk. They are the Greater Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society in the Johnny Appleseed District.