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In this vertical portrait, an elderly woman with brown skin, wearing a blouse, apron, and skirt is painted with a limited palette of grays, browns, black, and whites. Her head, torso, and lap nearly fill the composition. She is shown straight-backed against a neutral gray background, facing and looking at us with her hands resting in her lap. Her wavy, iron-gray hair is parted in the center and pulled back from her face. Her eyebrows are slightly raised and her face is deeply lined down her cheeks and around her mouth. She wears a heart-shaped brooch with a red stone at its center at her neck and a gold band on her left ring finger. The light coming from our left casts a shadow against the wall to our right. The artist signed and dated the painting in the lower right corner: “A.J. MOTLEY. JR. 1922.”

Archibald John Motley Jr., Portrait of My Grandmother, 1922, oil on canvas, Patrons' Permanent Fund, Avalon Fund, and Motley Fund, 2018.2.1

Flash Fiction: The Art of Change

Ages 18 and over

  • Friday, July 31, 2020
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Registration required
  • Virtual Program

Taught by Tara Campbell

Explore the theme of change in connection to an early painting by Archibald John Motley Jr. and translate your reflections into flash fiction: a complete, satisfying story in 1,000 words or less.

This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required due to limited space. These workshops are repeated. Please register for one date per topic. Please bring your own writing materials.  

For more information, contact [email protected].