Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection is a travelling exhibit presented by curator Lynn Orman Weiss at the new National Blues Museum, 615 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101, opening to the public on Saturday January 7th, 2017 and closing on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection is a collection featuring 70 photographs and art of ‘Women of the Blues’ of all ages and ethnic backgrounds representing all styles from southern soul blues to Chicago blues and rock blues. The images include artists such as, Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi (GRAMMY Award-winning rock blues icon) to Chicago’s Southern soul blues diva, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, the legendary Holle Thee Maxwell and many more. This exhibit is dedicated, in tribute, to Koko Taylor and the Sisters of Royalty.
“Who would have thought back in June at the Firecat Projects in Chicago that Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection would be here.” states exhibit curator Lynn Orman Weiss. “I am so honored to have our collection chosen for the National Blues Museum’s third exhibit. I hope to bring together a wonderful crossroads of extraordinary Blues artists and photographers at this new history museum and to stages throughout St. Louis in March during the National Month of the Woman.”
Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection will be displaying photos of Blues Greats including, Holle Thee Maxwell, Faye Peaches Staten, Nellie Travis, Deitra Farr, Shirley Johnson, and Shirley King amongst many more as well as showcasing the talented photographers behind the photos including, Howard Greenblatt, Francoise Digel,Roman Sobus, Connie Carroll, Jacki Sackheim, Terry Abrahamson, Harvey Tillis, Laura Carbone, Lynn Orman Weiss, Peter Hurley, Steven I. Wolf and others.
Women of the Blues is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which empowers women across all generations and backgrounds by celebrating and recognizing the women of the Blues’ unique contributions to the music genre. The documentation of their past and present roles is a testament to the importance they have played on the blues highway while preserving the heritage and creating a blues cultural landscape for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.womenoftheblues.com/
National Blues Museum, newly opened in 2016, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity formed to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focusing on the Blues as the foundation of American music. It is the only museum dedicated exclusively to preserving and honoring the national and international story of the Blues and its impact on American culture in the United States. For more information, visit: https://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/
Photo by Roman Sobus and Peter M. Hurley.