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Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories

Kathy Shelton will talk about extraordinary artist Helen LaFrance, who passed away last year at the age of 101.

LaFrance was a self-taught Black American artist born into a farming family in western Kentucky. Though the terms are confining, LaFrance is often described as both an outsider artist due to her lack of formal training and existence outside the cultural mainstream, and as a folk artist best known for her memory paintings of the disappearing lifestyle of the rural South. She was also a quilter and a woodcarver who painted a series of powerful visionary interpretations of the Bible.

Kathy Moses Shelton has been a newspaper reporter, a museum director and an historic preservationist. From 1996 to 2009, she was co-owner of Nashville and Palm Beach-based Shelton Gallery & Fine Silver and exhibited in antiques shows throughout the South and Southeast. She is the author of Outsider Art of the South and Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories. Most recently, Kathy appeared in the award-winning 2019 documentary Helen LaFrance Memories, which may be found here on YouTube

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
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