Bernard Wright: Painting with Mud and Natural Elements

Painting with Mud and Natural ElementsKennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents the works of Fayette, Alabama folk artist Bernard Wright from April 10 through May 3. A gallery talk is scheduled for Friday night, May 3 at 6PM. Wright is a student of acclaimed Alabama artist, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and will be teaching a workshop using Sudduth’s methods in painting with mud Saturday, May 4 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. The workshop lasts from 9AM – 4PM and includes lunch.

Painting with mud and natural elements is Wright’s specialty. His work has been featured recently at the Arts Council Gallery in Tuscaloosa. Wright was also a featured artist at Arts Alive 2018. “When I paint, I use the technique that Jimmy Lee taught me. I teach that same method to keep the tradition of painting with Alabama mud alive,” Wright says.  

Wright is listed in Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collectors Guide as the only apprentice of Jimmy Lee Sudduth the founding father of “Alabama Mud Painting.” He is a member of the Sipsey Arts Alliance and his work can be seen in museums in South Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and his hometown of Fayette. 

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Florence, AL and is open, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and select hours on the weekends. Call 256-760-6379 or go to for more information or to sign up for the workshop. 

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