Rosa Parks Museum hosts art exhibit focusing on the rural community of Dublin, Ala.

Posted: Monday, 03 February 2014

MONTGOMERY - The beauty and humanity of the residents of a small Alabama community are captured in an exhibit of portraits on display in February at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

"Parallel Lives in Dublin, Alabama: Works by Sandra Hicks Larson" consists of drawings and paintings done over the past 30 years spotlighting the people and the land of the small south Montgomery County community of Dublin. Larson, a TROY alumna, is a sixth generation resident of the community, and her paintings draw on a deep and personal connection with her subjects.

Larson first began to exhibit her work in the 1980s at one of Dublin's two general stores, with paintings that focused on her childhood friends and neighbors. The success of these local and rural art events led her to host Black History Art Workshops in the 90's for the young people of Dublin and Ramer, where she taught the youth of her community portrait photography, painting and landscape painting.

"In the course of her life as an artist, Sandra has created an archive of the hopes and sorrows of an entire community through the portraits of its members," said Daniel Neil, curator for the Rosa Parks Museum. "She has met her fellow human beings with love and acceptance and sought to represent the dignity of everyone through her art. In her work we find the threads of community, of personal connection, of compassion and the roots of common humanity woven into a story of Alabama too often overlooked the story of place and the love that binds people to each other that makes a place."

"Parallel Lives" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall from Feb. 3-27. Larson will discuss her art during a gallery talk at the museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.

Dr. Bice

Parallel Lives in Dublin, Alabama: Works by Sandra Hicks Larson” consists of drawings and paintings done over the past 30 years spotlighting the people and the land of the small south Montgomery County community of Dublin. The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s exhibit hall from Feb. 3-27. Larson will discuss her art during a gallery talk at the museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Admission is free and open to the public.