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Huie House, 1928, St. Simons Island

This early example of the International Style, designed by Macon architect Fred Stroberg, uniquely employees the local building material known as tabby to make a bold statement about the past and the future. It has also been referred to as “Mediterranean House” and the outline of a shed roof on the side indicates it may have had such a decorative element at one time, but it’s decidedly International in appearance and spirit, making it an even more significant landmark.

The house is primarily associated with the late Mildred Weigle Nix Huie (1907-2000). A native of Augusta, Mrs. Huie received a degree in Classical Education from Florida State University. She and her husband Carl purchased the house in 1967 and it remained Mrs. Huie’s home and studio until her death. Mrs. Huie was an accomplished Impressionist painter, sculptor and historian, and upon establishing the Left Bank Art Gallery in 1962, became an integral part of the St. Simons cultural scene, through the fostering of other artists and the free access she provided to her own collection as well as philanthropic pursuits.

Mrs. Huie’s daughter, Millie Wilcox, maintained the home as the Mildred Huie Museum for more than a decade after her mother’s death.

The property was the first site acquired by the St. Simons Land Trust in 2018 and though the museum itself is closed, the grounds are a welcome respite from the busy commercial area of Frederica Road, open and free to all.

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The Gourdmaster’s House, Sylvester

As I was driving through Sylvester with my parents recently I turned on a side street and this delightful home immediately caught my eye. I got shots of all the other houses I was interested in and couldn’t wait to take a closer look at this one. Moreover, I was surprised I’d never noticed it before.

It wasn’t easy tracking down information, but my father recalled having seen a fascinating story on the Albany news about a gentleman who was working on a community garden in Sylvester that included a banana farm. He thought, just perhaps, this could be his home.

I’m always excited to find a new art environment and this one was special. As I approached the house, I felt it wasn’t the work of a traditional folk artist, but rather that of a skilled and trained professional. I also knew the creator was sharing a vision. The images depicted on the house blend Native American and African iconography and seem to pay tribute to displaced and endangered peoples.

After a bit of research I discovered that it was, in fact, the home of the gentleman my father had suggested. His name is Sam X White, and he’s known by many as The Gourdmaster Sam X, for his masterpieces of gourd art. But Sam is a Renaissance man. He’s a community activist, art educator, supporter of 4-H, and the man behind Sylvester’s Village Community Garden. He’s an ambassador for so much more than art and I hope his neighbors love his work as much as I do. I hope to meet him in the future.

 

 

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Artist Annie Greene Visits Darien

At 88 years young Annie Lucille Greene doesn’t seem to be caught up in the past, yet her work draws heavily from memory. Mrs. Greene, who grew up in Hinesville in the 1940s, tells her life story through yarn art, a process which first involves drawing images on a surface, then gluing different pieces of colored yarn to create a seamless mosaic. There’s a strong similarity to the Impressionist style known as Pointillism. Mrs. Greene actually refers to it as yarn “painting” and upon seeing the work in person, one completely understands. Presently, she is exhibiting What Color is Water: Tales and Art About a Segregated South as the featured event of the Black History Art and Humanities Program at the McIntosh Art Association in Darien. I’m honored to have met and photographed this amazing lady.

Detail of Babysitting, a recollection of Annie’s first job, in Hinesville © Annie Lucille Greene

Annie’s parents, Henry William and Ella Mae Tarver, were both pioneering black educators. They encouraged her doodling and drawing from an early age and they supported her creative efforts by buying art supplies. When Annie was 12, the family moved to Hogansville to work in the black school there.

Detail of 93 Boyd Road, the Tarver’s home in Hogansville. © Annie Lucille Greene

Summers were spent visiting her maternal grandparents on their farm near Adel. Mrs. Greene told me she didn’t like the farm work, but she loved the food. “The food was really good,” she recalled.

Detail of Granddaddy and Grandmama’s Farm, near Adel © Annie Lucille Greene

Detail of Once Upon a Time Women Washed Clothes in Tin Tubs…© Annie Lucille Greene

Annie spent her first year in college at Spelman but wasn’t happy there. She transferred to Albany State and loved it, Upon graduating in 1954 she was offered a job teaching in LaGrange. It was there that she married Oliver Nathaniel Greene, a Social Studies teacher. They had two children, and while Nathaniel was in New York, completing his Masters in Education at Columbia University, Annie stayed home and took a break from teaching. Dean Robert Simmons encouraged her to go to New York University and she graduated from there in 1956. She received her Masters Degree in Art Education in 1961 and went on to have a long and successful career in the Troup County school system.

Detail of Civil Rights Marches © Annie Lucille Greene

Detail of We Don’t Serve Colored Here © Annie Lucille Greene

Her third and latest book, which is available at the McIntosh Art Association, presents a blend of her work, from early memories to the Civil Rights activism of the 1960s. The images are much better seen in person and I encourage anyone in the Darien area to visit the exhibit. Details can be found here.

The opening reception at the McIntosh Art Association was very well attended and I think everyone enjoyed meeting Mrs. Greene and her husband.

She has exhibited and toured her fine work all over the Southeast but doesn’t keep as busy a schedule as she once did. As a result, you might want to visit this one as soon as you can.

Annie Lucille Greene

 

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Visionary Artist Johnny Culver, Sparta

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When I was in Sparta to photograph the rededication of the Hancock County Courthouse, I met this gentleman. John “Johnny” Culver is a visionary artist who came back to his hometown of Sparta in 2000 after living in the Atlanta for a time. While there, he suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 20, after a failed relationship. He told me that creating the art gave him the ability to come back from that and he was very clear that God gets all the credit.

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He works in paint and ink and on every imaginable surface. I also feel lucky, since he told me he does not usually allow photographs. I found a few images of him online from an article by Tom Patterson and a piece by Fred Scruton and one or two from his London-based gallerist, but that was it. I’m so glad we made a connection and that he placed the trust in me to share.

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All Art Objects Pictured are © John Culver, Sparta, Georgia

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Greensboro Post Office, 1936

Greensboro GA US Post Office New Deal WPA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This New Deal Post Office is still in use and features murals by artist Carson Davenport (1908-1972).  Davenport served as director of the WPA Art School & Gallery in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and was Chairman of the Art Department at Averett Collge from 1943-1969.

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural Hunter in Coonskin Cap Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Above: “The Burning of Greensborough” (Detail)

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural Picking Cotton Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural African American Black Children Eating Watermelons Sunflowers Photograph Copyright Brian Bown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Both Images Above: “Cotton Picking in Georgia” (Detail)

Greensboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Carson’s Supermarket, Farmington

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Coca Cola Gulf Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

I first came to know of this structure through an online community of Georgia photographers in 2008 and was immediately intrigued by it. Returning to South Georgia from a visit to Athens in 2010, I made a point of traveling in this direction and by chance just happened to meet one of Georgia’s most accomplished artists, John L. Cleaveland, Jr., as I was photographing the store. John introduced himself and his young son and showed me inside the store, which he owns and uses for work. He was even aware of my work at Vanishing South Georgia and was very encouraging as to the scope of my project. I’m very grateful for our brief visit.

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

His gallery notes that his “paintings are more than mere landscapes. They reflect his incredible attention to detail and his knowledge and respect of the history of the South. The abstraction of light and shadow, the harsh beauty of nature, and the cycle of life and death are all given space in his paintings.” Having had the privilege of seeing a few for myself, I concur.

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Alfred Dorman Wholesale Warehouse, Circa 1900, Statesboro

Downtown Statesboro GA Seafood Market Restaurant Old Warehouse Semi Truck Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Burney Marsh for the identification.

Eagle Nation Statesboro GA Farmers Market Sculpture Colleen Meyer Wesley Stewart School Spirit Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Just across East Main Street, in Triangle Park, is one of several unique sculptures located around Statesboro honoring Georgia Southern’s Eagles football team. This one, designed by Colleen Beyer Stewart and Wesley Stewart is entitled Farmer’s Market. This neighborhood has undergone a bit of a renaissance recently and is now home to Eagle Creek Brewery, a popular brewpub and a first for Statesboro.

Restaurant Seafood Marker Mural Pale Greens Hot Pinks Brick Downtown Statesboro GA Bulloch County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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