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Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, FL

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September 15 – October 13, 2018

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art welcomes LaVon Van Williams, Jr. for the premier of his new collection of low relief carvings. Rise & Fly: Carved Works by LaVon Williams opens Saturday, September 15th from 6-9pm.

Come early for introductions by Jeanine Taylor and Williams’ uncle and poet, Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright. Earlier in the day, Williams will perform a carving demonstration that is open to the public (Sat. September 15, 12-1 PM).

Native son, Williams was born in Lakeland, Fl but his roots go deeper in Sanford, Fl, his mother’s hometown. Another relative, Luke Wright, worked as a Florida ranch hand/ cowboy. Luke’s real gift was the art of carving and he was prolific in his craft.

Jeanine Taylor says of Williams’ work, “When you view LaVon’s work, it’s as if you are looking at a paused action frame ready to restart at any moment. His carvings are energetic with the physical motion of a jazz club paired with a warm emotive verve deeply rooted in love. The amount of detailed passion that is conveyed on wood with a mere hammer and chisel is extraordinary.”

Mr. Williams’ art has risen to prominence after a series of seminal shows that have taken place across the country - most notably the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, the Kentucky Folk Art Center and the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at FAMU, Tallahassee, Fl.

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
211 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771