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Step Right Up: Sideshow Wonders and Human Curiosities, Atlanta GA, 28 July - 1 September 2005
Image: Kevin House, World's Tiniest Man, acrylic on prepared canvas, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 10 July 2005
CONTACT: Elizabeth Patrick, Director
ADDRESS: Orange Hill Art, 331 Elizabeth Street NE, Suite C, Atlanta GA 30307
TELEPHONE: 404.215.2100
FAX: 404.215.9447

Step Right Up!
Orange Hill leads the way in supporting the modernization of sideshow art.

Sideshow Wonders and Human Curiosities:
Kevin House, Butch Anthony, J.D. Wilkes, James Mundie, and others are bringing sideshow inspired art into the 21st century.

Atlanta, 10 July 2005 - Orange Hill Art is excited to announce Step Right Up! Sideshow Wonders and Human Curiosities, 28 July through 1 September 2005, an exhibition of the weird and wonderful art of the sideshow. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on Thursday, 28 July 2005 from 7:00 until 10:00 P.M. and an after party at the Star Bar from 10:00 P.M. until 1:00 A.M. The after party will include live music by Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and live sideshow performances. Stephan’s Vintage Clothing in Little Five Points will also have vintage banners on view from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M.

The exhibition will feature sideshow banners created by world-renowned Vancouver threreminist, singer and artist, Kevin House. Mr. House channels his passion for the sideshow into creating custom portraits of animals, famous poets, and imaginary sideshow acts. Also included are banners by Alabama folk artist Butch Anthony that are based on the incredible collection which he has amassed at his Museum of Wonder in Seale, Alabama. Among the oddities in his collection are dinosaur bones, Native American artifacts, and the world’s largest gallstone. Philadelphia artist James G. Mundie will present drawings from his Prodigies series featuring portraits of anomalous humans. Also, J.D. Wilkes, front man for Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers, presents his banners and drawings.

In addition, Jefferey Pratt Gordon’s collection of Johnny Eckhardt (best known as Johnny Eck) memorabilia will be on display. Eckhardt was a famous sideshow performer known as the “half man” because he was born without the lower half of his body. He started performing in 1924 and became well known as an artist, magician, actor, writer, and photographer.

Vintage sideshow banners from the 1930s-50s will also accompany the exhibition. Sideshow banners were created as early as the 18th century and were used as advertising but have developed a contemporary following of enthusiasts who have reenergized this fading art form, and Orange Hill Art is proud to highlight this interesting artistic genre. The show runs from 28 July through 1 September 2005.

About Orange Hill Art: Orange Hill Art is an Atlanta-based gallery specializing in folk, self-taught, and outsider art from across the globe. The mission of Orange Hill is to create a portal between the “outside” and the mainstream in art and life. Orange Hill was awarded its first accolade for “Best Presentation” at the Slotin Folk Fest in 2004. The gallery is managed by, director Elizabeth Patrick and founder Robbi Raitt.

For more information, please visit www.orangehillart.com or call 404.215.2100.



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See photos from the opening here.


All Images and Text James G. Mundie & Kate Kern Mundie 2005