Synopses & Reviews
Come Walk with Me: The Art of Dorris Curtis has enormous appeal both as a memoir and as a collection of wonderful paintings. Dorris Curtis, like Grandma Moses, began painting at a late age. She worked as a school teacher for over forty years and upon retirement at the age of sixty-five, began to study art. Curtis looked up to Grandma Moses and was heavily influenced by her achievements. This book includes 103 images of Curtisand#8217;s artwork, each with an extended caption, as well as an introduction by Robert Cochran which places Curtisand#8217;s art into the larger context of both Arkansas art and American folk art as a whole. Dorris Curtis began painting at the age of sixty-five. Since her start in 1973, Curtisand#8217;s work has been exhibited in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and she has appeared as a guest on the PBS series American Art Forum. Curtis recently donated her entire collection to the University of Central Arkansas.
and#147;Donand#8217;t be fooled by the similarity to Grandma Moses. Arkansasand#8217;s own Dorris Curtis is not a true and#145;primitiveand#8217; painter, nor is there anything primitive about her delightful memoir of her life and her own descriptions of her paintings. Everyone should heed the invitation to come walk with her.and#8221; and#151;Don Harington, Arkansas novelist and art historian
and#147;This collection of sophisticated paintings will appeal to anyone interested in painting or the history and culture of Oklahoma and Arkansas.and#8221; and#151;Margaret Bolsterli, professor emerita of English at the University of Arkansas and author of Born in the Delta: Reflections on the Making of a Southern White Sensibility (Arkansas, 2000) and Vinegar Pie and Chicken Bread: A Womanand#8217;s Diary of Life in the Rural South (Arkansas, 1982)
and#147;Dorris Curtisand#8217;s paintings capture the spirit of rural life in Arkansas and the natural beauty of our state with remarkable skill and grace, and I display her work proudly in my Washington, D.C., office. Dorris is an Arkansas treasure.and#8221; and#151;Blanche Lincoln, U.S. senator from Arkansas