Artists to reflect on influence from home as part of Smithsonian Exhibition

Mark Abrahams

Mark Abrahams

As an event for the Smithsonian Exhibition, The Way We Worked, during its Spring 2015 stop at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis, acclaimed artists in writing, painting and design with attachments to Demopolis will talk about the influences of home on their work on Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum.

Demopolis native Rusty Goldsmith, retired Rector of St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands of Birmingham, speaks about the impact of Demopolis on his sermons and essays appearing in The Sewanee Review. One of Goldsmith’s essays recalls the days of the venerable Merchants Grocery in the building that now houses the Museum.

port68 2Carolyn Goldsmith’s artworks have been displayed in regional galleries such as the Monty Stabler Galleries (Birmingham), the Judith Proctor Gallery (Seaside, Florida), and the Bennett Galleries (Nashville). Her work has also been presented by Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Mark Abrams of Demopolis is an ARTS Award winner and designer for Port 68, a home décor company specializing in table lamps, accent furniture, upholstered chairs, benches and home accessories. All will discuss the influence of home and place on the way they have worked.

This event is presented by the Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the Marengo County Historical Society, the Demopolis Public Library and the Southern Literary Trail as a feature of The Way We Worked exhibition with grant support by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Admission is free. A champagne reception honoring Rusty and Carolyn Goldsmith and Mark Abrahams will follow the discussion.   For more information call the Museum at 334.289.0599 or the Library at 334.289.1595.