Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home Is Where The Art Is

Although artist H.C. Porter is based in Vicksburg, Mississippi, people in Chicago had a chance to discover her eye-popping portraits of her state’s best-known blues musicians at the Old Town Art Fair this past June. It happened to be a perfect time for her visit since the Chicago Blues Festival was taking place that same weekend. Porter was presenting a sort of sneak preview of Blues @ Home, an ambitious exhibition that will ultimately include 30 paintings, combined with an oral history.

A recent post on Porter’s Facebook page noted that she has new limited edition giclee prints for sale.  Blues @ Home will be a traveling exhibition that opens next Spring at the University Of Mississippi’s University Museum. Award-winning songwriter/producer Tena Clark, another Mississippi native, has signed on to provide a musical setting that will augment Porter’s quest to honor the state’s essential role in the blues. It would be great if H.C. Porter would bring her complete Blues @ Home exhibition back to Chicago. Maybe to coincide with next year’s Blues Festival.

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