Folk artist’s do the job on show in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Born on the Fourth of July in 1900, Nellie Mae Rowe put in the 1st fifty percent of her lifetime working — as a female on her family’s farm in Fayette County, Georgia, then as a spouse, twice widowed, and as a domestic.  

But in the late 1950s, following both of those her husbands ended up long gone and the white few she cleaned for also passed absent, Nellie Mae was cost-free to devote herself to her passion:  producing art.

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“Now I received to get back again to my childhood,” reported the self-taught, African American artist. “What you connect with actively playing in a playhouse.”

Not only did she recreate a girlhood for herself in her vibrant drawings, she turned her property in Vinings, Georgia, into a playhouse embellished with found-object installations, dolls, chewing gum sculptures and hundreds of drawings. An Atlanta-location newspaper known as it an “explosion of creativeness.”