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FHU Department of Fine Arts to Show Primitive Music Boxes

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 24, 2015

In conjunction with the Connections Series, the Freed-Hardeman University Department of Fine Arts will host “Tennessee Music Boxes: From the Tennessee River Valley” September 3 - October 1 in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery on the FHU campus.

The music boxes will be on loan from Arts in McNairy. Shawn Pitts, AiM’s cultural heritage chair, will present the gallery talk at a reception September 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Many of the handmade Tennessee music boxes were found in attics and haylofts of southern Middle and West Tennessee by Ellis Truett Jr.  The folk instruments are primitive, rectangular “box-of-a-things” that “resemble a packing crate more than any known musical instrument,” Pitts said. Most of the instruments were collected by Truett, a tireless advocate for the preservation of West Tennessee’s old-time music heritage. AiM acquired the instruments after his death in 2013.

This fall’s Connection Series, set for September 21 - 25 focuses on the theme, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Community in the 21st Century.” The music box show will emphasize the “idea of hometown and local culture,” according to Laquita Thomson, FHU associate professor of art.

The Troy Plunk Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Shows are open to the public and admission is free.