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Selections from the Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim Collection

November 6 – January 31, 2015

Winston-Salem, NC – Delta Arts Center will hold an opening reception on Thursday, November 6 at 6pm featuring paintings by William Tolliver. The exhibition is entitled “Experiencing Tolliver: Selections from the Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim Collection” and will be on view through Saturday, January 31, 2015.

William Tolliver (1951-2000) was a self-taught artist from Vicksburg, Mississippi whose paintings are known for their use of color, shape, texture and line. The exhibition features 22 original works that are reminiscent of his childhood growing up in rural Mississippi. His works depict scenes of everyday life including cotton picking, mothers and children, musicians, and church ladies. The works belong to the collection of Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim. Juanita was attracted to his works because of his use of paint and color, “he did not skip on paint,” she says, “and it’s obvious he painted from the heart.” Pilgrim said Tolliver became a close family friend.

Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim of Fayetteville have spent their life together collecting artwork and befriending many of the artists whose work they collect. He is a graduate of the College of Dentistry at Howard University and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. She is a graduate of NC Central University, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as a member of the Fayetteville Chapter of the Links.

Delta Arts Center is located at 2611 New Walkertown Rd. and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am -5pm and Saturdays from 11am -3pm. The Center is closed every 3rd Saturday of the month. Tours of the exhibition can be arranged by calling the Center at 336-722-2625. Winston-Salem Delta Arts, Inc. is a funded Partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The exhibition is in partnership with Ellington-White CDC of Fayetteville, NC.