Through My Eyes: The Works of Nellie Ashford

Charlotte native Nellie Ashford is a self-proclaimed folk artist whose work expresses cultural identity, shared community values and aesthetics. Inspired by the life that surrounds her and memories of her past, Ashford’s work incorporates a mix of materials that often reflect real-life experiences and depicts families, children, dancers and musicians with vibrant detail and emotion. Each work that she creates has a story to tell. Vintage fabrics clothes images of people who reflect varying ethnic, religious, occupational, age and gender identities. They identify and complement each other and their world.

Nellie Ashford is an untold jewel and it is through her art that she creates a world of historical expression – a visual, realistic imagery that reflects a time gone by, allowing the viewer to reflect and understand Charlotte – through her eyes.

Nellie Ashford is represented by Foster’s Art Gallery in Huntersville, NC.

This exhibition is organized by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture located in Charlotte, NC.

Born into slavery, Lucy Craft Laney became one of the state's most influential educators. She started the first kindergarten and nurses' training class for blacks in Augusta and founded the Haines Institute, which educated thousands of black students.The museum is located in the Historic Laney-Walker District, near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history and by educating and exposing children and adults of Augusta, the State of Georgia and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs