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Jacob GreenleafJessie LaVon Painting

Jessie LaVon Painting
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Jessie LaVon Painting

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Jessie LeVon - a wonderful outsider artist.

The clothing patterns that Jessie uses in her art come from the original feedsack patterns that her grandmother used to make her ten children's clothing.

Each one of Jessie's paintings tells a story of her childhood from the snake tree and bottle tree, summer canning, her Uncle's making moonshine, the family working in the fields, bathing in the #3 washtub, to making lye soap.

There are many more stories that are told in her paintings. "My kin folks used to take and kill a snake and hang it up on a hollered out tree and build a slow burning fire in the hollor and sat and chant so it would bring much needed rain for the crops. This is what is called the snake tree."

So far Jesse is the first and only artist to do this in her paintings. "My art is a way of finding my way back home after a 10-1/2 hour brain surgery and in a coma for nearly six weeks." Jessie has had to relearn all her skills such as reading, writing and just about almost everything else.

Most of Jessie's memory is lost to her forever except those days on the farm. Jesse has dug deep and planted herself for re-growth for all of us to share and her remarkable talent for capturing history. Jesse has created her "new" style of folkart that she calls "Suthern'ality FolkArt". Also, Jessie LaVon is one of the original artist for over ten years who has worked and helped design the floats for the Demopolis Alabama Christmas on the River Parade held annually.

Jessie's art is throughout the U.S.A., Canada and England in private collections and galleries in Washington DC, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina. And continuing to grow.
Jessie's art has been shown in Kentuck Festival of the Arts , Emory University, The Meridian Mississippi Museum of Art, Folk Fest, Fayette Art Museum and numerous galleries. Jessie's art is also documented at the Library of Congress/Folkart Reading Room in Washing D.C.

Jesse in her own words has this to say: " I am currently working on a book called "Blackberries, Cotton & Honeysuckel" and that's also the name of my show in June 2002 being held at the Jackson Mississippi Museum Art Gallery. My book has my art and old family recipes, including art stories I wrote. It don't take much notice for folks to decide what folkart is, I am a self taught artist and they know I paint from the heart." Folks who view Jessie's art buy it, and enjoy it. "They buy my art cause its colorful and fun, they can enjoy it and the stories it tells. The curators out there say Jessie, paint what is from your heart and not what others think you should paint just to "sell" like other artist do."

Jesse certainly paints what she wants and others can see - that quality in her art. This makes Jessie's art popular and in demand and it sells itself.


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