Florence Thomas Art School

Organizer

Florence Thomas Art School
Phone
(336) 846-3827
Email
info@florenceartschool.org

Location

Florence Thomas Art School
Category

Next Event

Date

Aug 04 2018

Time

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday with Friends

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

Helen Matthews Lewis is an activist, sociologist, public intellectual who has written a series of poems addressing social issues. At 94, Helen observes, “As I got too old to sit down in front of bulldozers in protest, I began writing poems of protest.” Her dozen poems focus on the flowers, weeds, and flowering trees that abound in her native south and central Appalachia, from the earliest spring redbud trees and forsythia, to the intruder Bradford Pear, through summer’s Queen Anne’s lace, and that harbinger of fall, Joe Pye Weed.

Patricia Beaver, anthropologist, watercolorist, and editor with Judi Jennings of Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia, has developed a series of watercolors to reflect and illustrate the sentiment of some of Helen’s poems.