Annie Abrams and painting

  • Annie Abrams and painting

V.L. Cox says her painting of Annie Abrams’ mother, Queen Victoria Reed, who Cox knew in Arkadelphia, inspired Cox’s series of paintings, “Origins.” Yesterday Cox called on Abrams, a longtime activist, and gave her the painting.


Cox’s exhibit “Images of the American South” is just a couple of weeks off. The Thea Foundation and the Oxford American Magazine are sponsoring the show, which opens Oct. 7 at Thea, 401 Main St. “Images” includes Cox’s screen-door-framed paintings, nostalgic work that incorporates old tin advertising signs (“Colonial is good bread”) on doors that separate African-American subjects from the viewer. Here’s a sneak peak:


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