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Irene Tison’s “Low Country Stories” Artist’s Reception
December 16, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck are pleased to host an artist’s reception with Irene Tison. Tison’s collection of paintings titled “Low Country Stories” will be on display from November 2017 through January 4, 2018.
Irene Tison is a self-taught artist with deep roots in the Gullah culture of the South. Now living in Charlotte, NC, Tison was raised in the coastal low country of South Carolina, and her heart and heritage will always be Gullah.
The Gullah and the Geechee people are descendants of Africans that were captured and brought to the Atlantic coast to work as slaves on Southern rice plantations. From slavery to today, these relatively isolated communities have nurtured and maintained a distinct cultural identity. In 2006, the 30-mile-wide area from Pender County, NC to St. Johns County, FL, known as the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated a National Heritage Area.
There is a story of growing up in the South in every one of Irene Tison’s brightly colored paintings, transporting us directly to the heart of the low country. As she shares her own memories along with stories from her parents, the artist hopes that we will feel the joy she finds in her heritage, and the love she holds for her family
Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck and can be picked up after the conclusion of the show. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for information by email at email@example.com, or visit their website at www.mikesarttruck.com.