Calvert County native Pinkie M. Strother will host a book signing of her work, “Childhood Memories,” a depiction of African-American culture in Calvert in the 1950s and 1960s, Saturday, Nov. 24, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Dowell.
Signings will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Strother, an artist, created “Childhood Memories” as a combination of paintings, drawings and prints to illustrate the rich landscape and rural culture of Southern Maryland during her childhood, according to a press release. It also includes her childhood community depicted by handcrafted miniature buildings, dioramas of actual homes of family and friends with whom she grew up.
“I also handcrafted clay figurines to represent everyone who lived in my community,” Strother wrote in the release. “Everything about these dioramas were created to connect today’s souls with yesterday’s.”
The project has three phases, each of which is designed to instill pride and manifest the proof to African Americans that they are an invaluable part of American society, the release states. Phase I is an exhibition introducing the idea of the values and connection of the African-American family. Phase II is a consortium of educational and interactive seminars to implement values, respect and positive self-esteem. Phase III is a convention to measure and strategize positive change in the black community.
In addition to the book signing, an art exhibit is planned to run from Jan. 14 through 28 at Annmarie, and Strother will take place in a community workshop there Jan. 19 through 21. She will exhibit at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick from Feb. 1 through March 31, with a reception and book signing at 2 p.m. Feb. 9.
Strother received a bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University and master’s degree in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. She taught art for 33 years in Howard County Public Schools and at Bowie State for two years, the release states. She was a resident artist at The Montpelier Arts Center for three years. After retirement, she moved to North Carolina with her husband, Robert. They have two children and two grandchildren.
She has exhibited for the North Carolina Museum of History and presents lectures and workshops. She was a board member and president of the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council and is currently a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, 2016 International Omi Association and Cultural Arts Society of Fuquay-Varina. Among other accolades, she was presented the Bowie State award of Excellence in Visual Arts and has been invited to exhibit in Hawaii for the International Art and Olfaction in spring 2019.