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Art professor's ‘Portrait of Dollie Patterson' photo exhibit on display

For the last 24 years, Austin Peay State University Professor of Art Bruce Childs has visited with a Tennessee farmer to capture a personal look into values traditionally learned on a family farm.

Childs photographic narrative, Portrait of Dollie Patterson, debuted Saturday, April 8 at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. A reception was held on opening night.

In visits from 1981 to June 2005, Childs talked with Dollie Patterson about the values once important to generations of American farmers – especially as the number of family farms decline. For the last 24 years, Austin Peay State University Professor of Art Bruce Childs has visited with a Tennessee farmer to capture a personal look into values traditionally learned on a family farm.

Childs' photographic narrative, “Portrait of Dollie Patterson,” debuted Saturday, April 8 at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. A reception was held on opening night.

In visits from 1981 to June 2005, Childs talked with Dollie Patterson about the values once important to generations of American farmers — especially as the number of family farms decline.
More than 25 hours of video and many photographs provide a brief glimpse into Patterson's life and work in the farming community of Hickman County.

“Dollie was an engaging conversationalist who took firm stands on the traditions of growing up and raising a family in Bon Aqua,” Childs said.

Patterson died last summer at the age of 88. Her family attended the opening reception, Childs said.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, will remain on display until May 27. The Renaissance Center is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

For more information about the “Portrait of Dollie Patterson,” contact Childs by telephone at (931) 221-7343 or by e-mail at childsb@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer