Following Feb. 8 presentation made by Dr. Margaret Reid and students from Cheraw High, Dr. Reid, portrayed Zora herself and shared the uplifting and tragic story of the author’s life. Her portrayal of the artist inspired the audience and helped to explain the inspiration for the artwork.
The ten students shared excerpts from some of Hurston's work after studying both the authors autobiography Dust Tracks on the Road, and How It Feels to be Colored Me, an essay about the author’s childhood in Eatonville, Fla., in Sharon Johnson’s English III class.
Their enthusiastic renderings help prove to the audience that Zora’s voice speaks as powerfully today as it did during the 1920s.
"Our students who studied Zora Neale Hurston are learning to ‘jump at de sun’ by going that extra mile and sharing their learning with their community," said Johnson. "They invite you to experience art that influences art and an author who has spoken to them from the past."
The Burr Gallery exhibit will be displayed until Feb. 25, and features local artwork and traveling quilt exhibit from the S.C. State Museum.
Honoring Zora: Stitching Wise Words; Art Quotes and Art Quilts features Zora Neale Hurston, one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth century African American literature and folklore.
Also on display are paintings by local artists Malkah Bat-Tzion, Gina Bowles, Lila Hooks and Wendy Woods, as well as sculptures by Neil McClendon.
For more information about this exhibit or upcoming programs, contact the Cheraw Arts Commission at (843) 537-8420, ext. 12.
The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by the United Way of Chesterfield County, and the S.C. Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.