For some people, adversity brings new blessings. Linda Anderson is one such person. Discovering a talent for drawing and painting in her middle years, Anderson has become a prolific artist of colorful, narrative art depicting real and imagined scenes from her life in rural North Georgia. The Bascom has assembled a collection of her work in A Never Ending Stream: The Art of Linda Anderson, on view through July 28.
Born in Georgia’s Floyd County in 1941, Anderson and her four siblings had a family life that was poor in money, but rich in experiences. They shared a close community and church ties, along with a natural creative spirit. As an adult, Anderson tended her daughter B.J. after she suffered a stroke in 1981and from that experience sprang new hope and inspiration. Revitalized, Anderson began to paint and has continued ever since. Beginning with stories from her childhood, her subjects expanded to include Biblical accounts, animals, movie stars and anything else that interests her. Art critic Catherine Fox called her work “keenly observed and wonderfully imagined.” Georgia Public Television named her “one of the foremost living memory painters, one of a dying breed of rural folk artists.”
Art exhibitions at The Bascom are always free. Go to www.thebascom.org for more information or call (828)526-4949. The Bascom is open year round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Shop at The Bascom is also open all week, all year, featuring handmade, original art by the region’s finest artists. Gift certificates and a Gift Registry for any occasion are available; for assistance, call (828)526-4949, ext. 200.