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Ashford creates folk art
Published Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:00 am
by Herb White

Folk artist Charlotte native Nellie Ashford attended a four-room school in rural Mecklenburg County and graduated Plato Price High School. She attended N.C. Central University in Durham and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social science from Shaw University in Raleigh.


Ashford, 67, uses stories from her parents and childhood memories to create folk art collages on board, paper and canvas. She uses acrylic paints of bright colors along with recycled objects, fabrics, sand, wood filing and natural objects to create paintings.


Ashford is an accomplished artist as a four-time winner of the Actor Theater award in Louisville, Ky., the Priscilla Literary Award in Charlotte, and the Afro-American Cultural Center’s artist of the year in 2007. She’s also been honored by the Chicago Science Museum.


Ashford’s works have been exhibited in several states, including the Carolinas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Vermont, Georgia and Texas. She’s been commissioned by the Charlotte Links, The Charlotte Post and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and her work can be found at Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery, 403 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville.


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