My grandmother, like me, enjoyed coffee with friends.
I spent countless mornings in the living room / kitchens of Georgie, Nancy, Oma Lee, and Bobbie Ann. Sometimes they would all get together, more often than not, they would meet one on one.
Though I didn't realize it at the time, these ladies were my grandmother's lifelines to the world outside her own farm and church. In a world before Facebook, this is where news of births and sickness and deaths were shared. This is where family struggles were shared under the strictest of confidence. This is where peels of laughter erupt from the kitchen table, startling me out of the world of Nancy Drew or whatever other book I happened to be reading.
Now as an adult with my own struggles and happy announcements I realize that when Nana told me we were going to go have coffee she actually meant she needed to fuel up on support and love. These ladies didn't just offer my grandmother coffee, they gave her friendship of the most high order.
The current "Story Behind the Work" series describes the people, places, and experiences that have influenced the pieces in my first art show - Local Color.
Be sure to check out paigemeredith.com/localcolor for more stories behind the art as well as information on how to buy an original piece of art.