Thursday, May 3, 2012
Gloria Suggs entertains during Rust College’s Lyceum Series
Gloria Gipson Suggs, a native and resident of Marshall County, was the final performer to entertain and provide students with a unique cultural experience, during the 2011-2012 Lyceum season.
Suggs received a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Rust College in 1966. She earned a Master’s degree in curriculum development and instruction at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). She taught school in Memphis in the public and private sector for over 28 years. She taught the first two years in Clarksdale City Schools and served as program director and coordinator for the alternative program in Marshall County and Holly Springs School Districts.
Collectively called The Reflection Series, her folk art and the poetry in the book called “Reflections In Black and White with Shades of Red, Yellow, and Brown” add movement and imagery to people, places and things from the Depression Era through the late 1960s. Some of the houses, churches, and schools depicted in her work were built during the time of the Civil War.
She bases her content and style on three generations of ancestors of African and Native American Indian heritage. Crayon is the primary medium and primitive impressionism is the style used in her folk art drawings.
Suggs says she likes to do things the old-fashioned way. Her ancestors used pigments from plants and the earth as their media and cloth, wood, and brown paper as their canvases. Crayon produces the same natural and vibrant colors when mixed with other media on paper in Suggs’ art.
She has appeared on the Fox13 morning show “Good Morning Memphis.” She received an Artistic Merit Award in April of 2008 at the Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, for her painting called “Road Side Baptism.”
Eight of Suggs’ paintings are on permanent display in Ida B. Wells Museum in Holly Springs.
To learn more about Suggs’ art and writing, visit GGSEnterprise.com.
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