Southern Dialogues


Southern Dialogues

Southern Dialogues featured the accomplished photography and artwork of Leslie Addison and George Yerger.  Yerger & Addison capture “offhand moments and everyday iconography that is the essence of a culturally rich and immensely layered Southern existence.”

Featured in this exhibition were artworks from the following projects done by Leslie Addison and her husband George Yerger, “Firefly Diaries – Memories and Dreams of a River Country,” “Phantom Winds – a Mystic Hymn of Louisiana” and “Field Notes – Searching for Southern Mythology.”  These projects draw from their connection to, and deep love for ancestral places, from Louisiana and the Deep South to Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Guatemala.

Thursday, February 7th – ARTIST TALK at 6:00 pm  Leslie and George shared about their extensive travels and inspirations for their artwork.  There were opportunities for Q&A after their presentation.  This event was FREE and open to the public.

Leslie Addison is a photographer and mixed media artist from New Orleans.  Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta and The New Orleans Museum of Art.  Awards include a Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation and the LA State Division of the Arts.  Leslie was born and raised in Louisiana.  She has many generations of family ties to the Deep South and the areas around Port Gibson, MS.   She attended the Art Institute of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico but her influences started at birth. Her grandmother was the fine art photographer Dina Woelffer and was married to the well-known Abstract Expressionist painter Emerson Woelffer.  Leslie shares, “Through them and their friendships with Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Max Earnst and others I was exposed to a constant flow of influences which helped shape my vision and passion. ”

George Yerger is a photographer and mixed media artist from New Orleans. His work is part of the permanent collection of The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta and The New Orleans Museum of Art.  Awards include a Fellowship from the Pollock/ Krasner Foundation and The Louisiana State Division of the Arts.  George was born and raised in Louisiana and has many generations of family ties to the Deep South and areas around the La./Ms. Delta. George’s artistic insights have developed over 30 years of work and observation and he has an intuitive sense for creating complexly composed artwork and photographs layered with ambiguous meaning.

The exhibition ran through April 27th.