Opening January 12 and running through April 13, 2013 at the Gaston County Museum’s Depot is I Remember When...: Artwork by Nellie Ashford.
This new exhibit showcases the art and talent of Charlotte folk artist, Nellie Ashford. Ashford, who is 69, began painting in her 50s, using acrylic paints of bright colors along with found objects of fabric, sand, wood shavings, and other natural things to create her paintings. Her artwork tells the story of her life growing up in the segregated South, giving a voice to the working class and others who were not allowed to have a voice.
“I began to paint because of my third oldest grandson. I paint about people, places and things that don’t matter to anyone anymore. I am a folk artist and the advantage is that I tell people I am allowed to break the rules that the trained artist would not dare do.”
Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Dallas, North Carolina – 131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034 – The Gaston County Museum is located near Gastonia, North Carolina on the square in historic Dallas. The museum is housed in an 1852 brick Greek Revival style hotel that has been adapted for visitors and travelers of today.
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