Water Valley

This will be a quick, brief post about my delightful time in Water Valley this afternoon. I’m going back in the morning to Bozarts Gallery.

Yalo Studio & Gallery is under the narrow, white awning. At the B.T.C. next door, I ate a delicious plate lunch special of sausage, cabbage, corn-on-the-cob, and marinated tomatoes & cucumbers.

Yalo Studio & Gallery is under the narrow, white awning. At the B.T.C. next door, I ate a delicious plate lunch special of sausage, cabbage, corn-on-the-cob, and marinated tomatoes & cucumbers.

I had the good fortune to meet Coulter Fussell, artist and owner of Yalo Studio & Gallery, and Mary Lapides, who founded the Pinehurst Artist Residency.

A hand-painted sign by William Warren decorates the door of Yalo Studio & Gallery.

A hand-painted sign by William Warren decorates the door of Yalo Studio & Gallery.

On view at Yalo Studio & Gallery was a beautiful exhibition, called HOT BLIND EARTH, of ambrotypes, sculpture, and other mediums by J. R. Larson, who was the summer 2015 Pinehurst Artist Resident in Water Valley.

This is an installation photograph of J. R. Larson's HOT BLIND EARTH exhibition at Yalo Studio & Gallery. For better images of the artworks, go to jr-larson.com.

This is an installation photograph of J. R. Larson’s HOT BLIND EARTH exhibition at Yalo Studio & Gallery. For better images of the artworks, go to jr-larson.com.

Installation shot of HOT BLIND EARTH by J. R. Larson.

Installation shot of HOT BLIND EARTH by J. R. Larson.

I also met with five artists & gallery owners who moved to Water Valley from New Orleans. Pati D’Amico and William Warren welcomed me into their studio and home. After seeing their work, about which I’ll write more later, we met gallery owners Annette Trefzer and Mickey Howley as well as artist Katrina Geenen at Bozarts Gallery. I’ll tell you much more about them later and will try to retell some of their stories of Hurricane Katrina and of life now in Water Valley.

Bozarts Gallery is owned by Annette Trefzer & Mickey Howley and has helped several New Orleans expatriates find a sense of community post-Hurricane Katrina.

Bozarts Gallery is owned by Annette Trefzer & Mickey Howley and has helped several New Orleans expatriates to create a sense of community in Water Valley after surviving Hurricane Katrina.

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