In celebration of Black History Month, Brookgreen Gardens will host a virtual presentation where artists Sonja Griffins Evans and Antwon Ford discuss their exhibitions currently on display at Brookgreen. The event, “Two Artists Talk: The Art of Gullah Geechee Culture,” will feature Sonja Griffins Evans’ exhibition Black Southern Belles and Antwon Ford’s Grass in Motion.
See below for event details and information about the artists and their exhibitions courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens:
- When: February 20th at 1 pm
- Price: Free and open to the public
- Details: The virtual presentation will be conducted via Zoom and will include an interactive Q&A session where guests will have the opportunity to ask the artists specific questions.
Black Southern Belles
- January 9 – March 31
- South Carolina native and internationally acclaimed Gullah artist, speaker and Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute Fellow, Sonja Griffin Evans, will display her works in Brookgreen’s Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium beginning January 9th. Her work encapsulates the lifestyle of African Americans after the Civil War and illuminates the beauty of Gullah culture. She is a prolific mixed-medium artist that incorporates items such as tin, wood and other materials while using vibrant colors on canvas indicative of traditional Gullah style. Each of her pieces tell an alluring story and create a reflection of the deep spirituality of people of African descent.
Grass in Motion
- January 9 – March 31
- Antwon Ford began learning the art of sweetgrass basketry at the age of four by watching his grandmother in her kitchen in Mt. Pleasant. At seven years old, he sold his first basket to a family member for $5 and was hooked. While experimenting with the grasses, Ford used mathematics and science to create sculptures with traditional materials. In 2009, he began his “Grass in Motion” project, striving to produce sweetgrass objects that exemplified the space-time continuum of the fourth dimension. The patterns and configurations of Ford’s work are greatly influenced by Gestalt psychology, spatial dimensions and shadow resulting from direct light. Most recently exhibited at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Grass in Motion will be featured in Brookgreen’s Wall Lowcountry Center beginning January 9.