Marty Stuart Photography Exhibit at The Dixie
HUNTINGDON — The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center Ballroom Gallery will be home to Marty Stuart’s photography exhibit “Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets” through February 28, 2018.
Marty performed at The Dixie on the Hal Holbrook stage on Saturday, then stopped by the Ballroom Gallery to view the exhibit and visit with guests. Inspired by his professional photographer mother, Hilda Stuart, Marty took his first photograph at the age of 11 at the Choctaw Indian Fair in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The photo he took was of the performing artist Connie Smith, who is now his wife.
Once Marty went on the road playing music, he had unprecedented access to so many legendary artists in the music industry. He called home and asked his mother to please send him a camera. Marty told the group gathered round his work at The Dixie, “I decided to take their photos because I was there, seeing them up close and wanted to capture that moment. I am very glad I did because so many of them are no longer with us.”
Marty’s hobby has made him a highly respected photographer and documentarian. “Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets” is a 26-piece black and white collection of country music icons Stuart has been privileged to call friends including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. This particular collection has only been exhibited on one other occasion.
Laura DeVille, Dixie Ballroom Gallery Director, “It’s exciting to have an insider’s perspective of so many great country music stars. With Marty’s artistic eye and skill as a photographer, we get a sense of ‘being there’ through this collection of images.”
This collection was curated by The Arts Company in Nashville, Tennessee.