Over the course of four days – Sept. 15 to Sept. 18 – visitors from near and far can enjoy eight distinct photography exhibitions throughout Pike County – all set in historic buildings. The main show of 75 images by 54 photographers from across the U.S. were chosen by Jurors Michael Pannier and Maria Kelly. The jurors will be on tap to discuss their selection process at the Juror’s Talk at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Strickland’s Store in Concord.
“Don’t miss the 19th annual celebration of photography of the rural South. This is the real thing – photo exhibitions displayed in historic Pike County buildings throughout the beautiful rolling hills of the Lower Piedmont of Georgia,” said Chris Curry. “Our exhibit celebrates the timelessness, beauty and contradictions of the contemporary rural South. Twenty years ago, our parent organization, Pike Historic Preservation bet on photography as a way to call attention to our historic buildings and rural landscapes as the pace of change began to accelerate and threaten their integrity. We discovered that are can introduce the viewer to a portrait of this region from many diverse perspectives – and prompt robust conversations of its history, its present and its future.”
The SlowExposures main show will be at the Strickland building in Concord and available for viewing Thursday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 from noon to 3 p.m.
For more information and a full schedule of events, go to SlowExposures.org or pick up a show catalog from A Novel Experience on the courthouse square.
“Get your tickets for our Saturday supper at Strickland’s in Concord and enjoy the main show and the fabulous company! Tickets can be purchased online for $35 each and include a wine reception at the main show, followed by our traditional fried chicken dinner with all the fixin’s. And, dessert is accompanied by the announcement of the winners of the Photo Raffle – you can admire the work and purchase raffle tickets right up to the announcement! And, for that night only, many of the photographs in the main show can be purchased for a 10% discount,” said Curry.
In addition to the main show, a presentation by Maria Kelly, assistant curator of photography will cover the High Museum of Art’s ‘Picturing the South’ show from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and will be followed by Cocktails at Strickland’s. Other events include Coffee and Pastries at Stricklands from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 as well as the SlowExposures Student Show at 2 p.m. Sunday, the PopUp Tour and Satellite Shows across the county.
“The PopUp shows will be presented in historic buildings around the courthouse square by photographers from across the south and beyond. Thanks, all PopUp artists who have donated a print for our Print Raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 plus five free ones if you make it around to all the shows. Good luck, all – hope you can take home the photo of your choice,” said Curry. “Our satellite shows will be inspirational! There will be a group show at the horse barn at Split Oak Farm. And, finally! The oh-so-patient 2020 Artists in Residence shows will open! Last year’s first place Conlan Prize winner, Lisa McCord’s show will hang at Strickland’s. And, for a glimpse of the future check out the Young Photographers Show.”