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: