Maryland Hall launches Indiegogo campaign to support “Blues @ Home” traveling exhibition

| October 19, 2017
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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) has launched a crowd-funding campaign through INDIEGOGO to raise $10,000 to support an exhibit of artist H.C. Porter’s interactive portrait series titled Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends in the Maryland Hall galleries.  The INDIEGOGO campaign will support the travel, installation and marketing expenses of the exhibit as well as support a theatre performance at MHCA by the musicians documented in the exhibition.  The exhibit is scheduled to be on display from January 8 through March 3, 2018 in MHCA’s Chaney and Martino Galleries.  More information can be found by visiting www.marylandhall.org.

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Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends provides a glimpse into America’s music and the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi’s blues legends. The exhibit features 20 mixed media paintings, created by internationally-known artist H.C. Porter, which are paired with the music and oral histories of the legends to create a multimedia experience:  Hear the Blues. See the Blues. The exhibition also includes black and white fine art photographs of world-famous performers, including the late David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the late B.B. King, and Bobby Rush.

Renowned artist, H.C. Porter splits her time between her primary residence in Vicksburg, Mississippi and a home in Annapolis, MD.  Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions for the past 30 years. The 20 mixed media original portraits were created through a process involving black and white photography, silkscreen transfer, acrylic paints and Prismacolor pencils that enable the artist to add vibrant detail and imagery to each picture.  Porter also recorded the artists speaking about their lives and their talents. Segments of the interviews can be heard through a handheld audio wand that allows visitors to listen at their own pace as they view a portrait.

“Seeing the bluesmen in a personal, home environment through the eyes of an artist is a unique opportunity,” says Porter.  “In the Blues @ Home Project, I have set out to document Mississippi’s legendary storytellers…the living legends of Mississippi Bluesmen and women.”

The exhibition made its public debut at the University of Mississippi Museum in April 2014, traveled to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola in August 2014 followed by The National Blues Museum on the Museum’s opening day, April 2, 2016.

Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

Dedicated to “art for all,” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong, accessible engagement in the arts. MHCA is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.  For more information, go to www.marylandhall.org or call 410-263-5544.

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