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Christenberry Exhibit and Lecture

The Christenberry name is synonymous with the South. The family of artists, trained and untrained, from Hale County Alabama has produced a body of work over four generations that captures the spirit of the place and the people of rural and small-town Alabama. A moving collection of their work and tools will be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art temporary gallery in time for Art for Arts Sake. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, October 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The Christenberrys will feature works by Daniel K. Christenberry; husband and wife William A. Christenberry, Sr. and Willard Smith Christenberry; William A. Christenberry, Jr. and William A. Christenberry III. The works are saturated with stories of the South, from tenant homes and graveyards to quilts and calendars. From D.K. Christenberry's carved walking stick to W. A. Christenberry Jr.'s Abstract Expressionist paintings, the art portrays deep feeling and careful consideration. W.A. Christenberry Jr. still returns to Alabama every summer "trying to get a grip on the landscape," he says. An original video production of his life and work entitled "House of Memories" will be previewed the night of the opening. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a forthcoming publication, William Christenberry: Art and Family, written by Ogden Museum director J. Richard Gruber.

"We are delighted to have another family of Southern artists on exhibit in the gallery," says Gruber, "particularly one as important and inspirational as the Christenberrys." The first Art of Family exhibition featured the works of national artists Benny Andrews and Nene Humphrey and members of their families. More Ogden Museum September 25, 2000

In town for the opening celebration, W.A. Christenberry, Jr. will present a lecture to the public on his work on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 PM at the Contemporary Arts Center. Artist Residency is funded, in part under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition will be open through November 22, 2000.

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