Tuesday, September 27, 2022

First Solo Art Show for Joe Wrenn is Huge Success

Joe Wrenn, a self-taught African-American primitive artist and Charleston, Miss. native, was featured in his first solo exhibition hosted by the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort (CARE) on March 21. The exhibition was a huge success!
According to Glenna Callender, executive director of CARE, more than 100 people attended to show support for Wrenn, including art-seekers from Little Rock, Ark.; Jackson, Miss.; Tupelo, Miss; and all corners of Tallahatchie County, Miss.
“This is the first one many show that CARE has hosted,” Callender said. “We usually host three to six artists so we that we draw a crowd, but Joe drew a crowd himself.”
About half of the 35 paintings that Wrenn exhibited were sold that night. Barbara, Wrenn’s wife, prepared a congratulatory dinner for him and the Wrenn family after the reception. She cooked all his favorite foods, of course, including sweet potato pie, Callender said.
Congratulations, Joe! HottyToddy.com wishes you all the best and can’t wait for your next solo show! Save us a slice of that sweet potato pie…

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Left to Right: Mike Workman, Barbara Wrenn, Fonda Workman, Joe Wrenn and Anita Greenwood. The Workmans bought several of Joe’s paintings at the opening reception.

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To learn more about Joe, his work, and life, read our previous report: https://hottytoddy.com/2014/03/12/charleston-arts-center-features-primitive-painter-joe-wrenn/

– Kate Sinervo is managing editor for HottyToddy.com. She can be contacted by emailing kate.sinervo@hottytoddy.com.

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