Good Things Come in Threes

By on 9 May, 2016 in Art, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

TrioI had three people visit me in April. I enjoy company, and while three seemed a bit much for one period, still, I love showing off our fair city. I took all three to see the fountain and to walk around Court Square. A series of pleasing trios can be found there: water, cobblestones, iron work; civil war, civil rights, modern era; antebellum, early 20th century, and modern architecture. The area is truly the heart of our city. Currently, directly behind the fountain, One Court Square’s windows host a most interesting project involving another combination of three: Southern writers, visual artists, and songwriters.

The “Trio Exhibit” is based on books by Southern authors. Visual artists then created paintings and sculptures inspired from the books. The works you can see in the windows are modern and some folksy in nature: bright collages, a man made of various materials, a strange bird on a pedestal. Look closer to find out which book that inspired the art. The music created as the third part of the project is accessed through scanable QR codes (or URLs). Ah, what a time we live in. I will mention that one song is written by none other than Rodney Crowell. Writer, artist, and songwriter resumes are also posted.

The “Trio Exhibit” is the brain child of Alabama Author Shari Smith, organized through the South Carolina-based Southeast Independent Booksellers Alliance, and sponsored in Montgomery by New South Bookstore (only a few blocks away). Shari says she created the project to highlight the “chord struck between words, vision, and sound.” The exhibit also supports the arts and encourages reading by expanding exposure to writers and artists. The window space was donated by Marjam, which is developing 1 Court Square. New South Books has a long and established history of supporting writers, artists, and music. In addition, this display is also consistent with their mission to “foster understanding of and discussion about the greater history and culture of the South.”

Local author, Marlin Barton, and his new book, Pasture Art, is one of the 14 books that comprise the “Trio Exhibit.” Marlin will present book talks in Montgomery open to the public on May 18, 25, and June 1. For time, place and more information email info@newsouthbooks.com or call 334-834-3556. Other authors involved will also give talks, but their dates are TBA.

History, beauty, culture; writing, art, and music — all abound at Court Square from May 2 to June 1. Take a stroll. Take your time. Take it all in. Good things come in threes.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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