Folk artist to be honored tonight

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 4/23/19

Members of the Walker County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will be celebrating their longtime partnership with folk artist Maurice Cook at tonight's Tasting of the Arts.Cook, a native of the Town of Kansas …

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Folk artist to be honored tonight

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Members of the Walker County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will be celebrating their longtime partnership with folk artist Maurice Cook at tonight's Tasting of the Arts.

Cook, a native of the Town of Kansas and current Birmingham resident, will be the featured artist at the event, which will be held at Harbin's in downtown Jasper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

His work is known for its colorful depictions of rural life and creative use of chickens, chapels, quilts and other everyday items.  

“Everybody relates to common, everyday things... You just paint a day in your life,” Cook told the Daily Mountain Eagle in 2011.

Cook has been involved with WCAA's Art in the Park since its inception. He has displayed his work at all 15 previous Art in the Park festivals. This year he was selected to paint a commemorative painting for the show that will be used in publicity and merchandise. 

"If I didn't make one dime, I would be here," Cook told a Daily Mountain Eagle reporter in between brushstrokes at the second annual Art in the Park in 2005. "I have been impressed and elated with the turnout of my hometown area for this event. Art is very important, and I'm glad to see a festival like this being held in Walker County."

Cook has earned a reputation as one of the most noted folk artists in the Southeast since he began painting professionally in 1994.

He is self-taught. Before taking up art full-time, he worked as a barber, a welder, a juvenile detention officer and a firefighter.

Tickets to tonight's event are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Wines from Tallulah Brewery will be served along side hors d’oeuvres from D’s Downtown. All proceeds go to the WCAA.