“The Deacon’s Seat”, a solo show of paintings and works on paper by Fred Stonehouse is currently on exhibit at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at the University of Alabama. “The Deacon’s Seat” title Stonehouse chose for the show refers to a bench of split logs running the length of a bunkhouse in logging camps. The storyteller would entertain loggers after settling in for the night, but only hold the seat as long as the audience was entertained. According to Stonehouse, “holding the seat for an extended period was the storyteller’s mark of pride.
The works selected for this exhibition “reveal a narrative-based evolution of ideas projected into the painted characters of his work,” says William Dooley, Director of the Sarah Moody Gallery. Works in the exhibit were generously loaned by the artist, Tory Folliard Gallery, private collectors, and others. In conjunction with the exhibit, Fred Stonehouse also presented a lecture at the Gorgas Library and spent a day with advanced students in the Unviersity of Alabama’s Arts & Sciences Studio Arts Program critiquing their work.
Congratulations to Fred Stonehouse on this beautiful exhibition. Tory Folliard Gallery looks forward to Fred’s solo show “Marschmeister” which opens January 7th with an Artist Talk!