Rita Henry: Between 7 Devils Swamp and the Levee

Rita Henry: Between 7 Devils Swamp and the Levee

January 7, 2008

January 11 through April 6, 2008
Second Floor Gallery
Free opening reception on January 11, 5-8 pm, in conjunction with downtown’s 2nd Friday Art Night

Between 7 Devils Swamp and the Levee is Rita Henry’s visual testament to a disappearing South Arkansas community. Dermott is a small Delta town surrounded by swamps, sloughs, a bayou, rich topsoil and a prison. Hints of past prosperity and a heavy history provide a foil to the present day peeling paint desolation. Happenings in school auditoriums, city hall meetings and an unbridled revelry at the annual Crawfish Festival are juxtaposed to often-empty streets, boarded up buildings and silent churches.

Rita Henry’s gelatin silver prints illustrate the haunts and havens of Dermott photographed over the last ten years. This body of work records both the fading composure of the artist’s hometown between 1998 and 2008, and the hometown laments of the people who have moved away from Dermott. These photographs are an attempt to account for what remains between Seven Devils Swamp and the Mississippi River Levee.

Some of the artist's work will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

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