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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Southern Faces: Portraiture in the Early South

This is a photograph of my great-great-great grandmother hanging on the wall. It's mine because no one else really wanted it. She's creepy. We've nicknamed her "Granny Grump." You've seen those grim faces in early portraits? I mean no disrespect, but she looks quite intimidating and if I didn't have a cute nickname for her, the kids might become paranoid that she's watching them. Beginning Saturday, you can view a wonderful exhibit of early Southern portraiture (paintings) at Old Salem. Maybe I'll paint Granny Grump one day. With a flower in her hair and the beginnings of a smile.


MESDA Saturday Seminar: Southern Faces: Portraiture in the Early South

October 1, 2011

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Spend a Saturday at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts exploring how early Southerners chose to represent themselves on canvas, paper, and ivory.


In the Beginning: Artists and Paintings Associated with the South 
Carolyn J. Weekley, Juli Grainger Curator, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Painters and Paintings for Southern Clients: 1740-1790
Carolyn J. Weekley, Juli Grainger Curator, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Daniel Welfare: Claiming the Patronage of Salem
Johanna Brown, Director of Collections, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts
The Guilford Limner: Recent Findings
Sally Gant, Director of Education and Special Programs
Face Painting Well Performed: Portrait Miniatures in the American South
Elle Shushan, Elle Shushan: Fine Portrait Miniatures, Philadelphia, PA


$65 / $55 for Friends of MESDA (Cost includes all sessions, seminar materials, and lunch)


Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required to ensure a place.  To register or to receive a brochure please call 336-721-7360 or email

About MESDA Saturday Seminars

MESDA’s Saturday Seminar series presents new insights in Southern Decorative Arts.  This fall’s series will explore the Portraiture in the Early South on October 1, the Decorative Arts of Drink on November 12, 2011, and Southern Longrifles and Powderhorns on January 28, 2012.  Registration for each Saturday Seminar is $65 ($55 for Friends of MESDA or Old Salem); registration two seminars is $120 ($100 for Friends); registration for the complete series is $175 ($145 for Friends).  For more information, or to register, call 336-721-7360, or email

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