Please join us for the opening of our latest Southern Idiom exhibition, Leo Rucker: Painting Happy Hill.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Preview Gallery

On view July 12 - August 11

Leo Rucker has been an artist since he was 5 years old. He received his degree in commercial art at Rutledge College and has completed numerous portraits and murals in Forsyth County. Rucker has taught at Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts and is the Lead Historic Interpreter at Old Salem Museums and Gardens at the St. Philip's African Moravian Heritage site. This exhibition is an artistic interpretation of life in Happy Hill, one of Winston-Salem's oldest African American communities. The acrylic on canvas paintings source their images from the original photographs from Old Salem Museum and Gardens Archive gathered for an "Across the Creek" project several years ago. This project is intended to bring attention to the lives of enslaved blacks from Salem who transitioned to freed people and created their own vibrant community called Happy Hill. 

Free and open to the public.