Montgomery’s Stonehenge Gallery will feature the work of Andalusia artist Margo Russell Sept. 11 through Oct. 3 in a show of New Alabama Art, “Native Daughter, Native Son.”
Russell said her upbringing greatly influenced her art.
“My daddy was an Alabama country boy who had a pleasant singing voice, enjoyed Jimmie Rodger’s music and Hank Williams’ songs,” she said. “I remember one night when he took me to hear Hank play at the Riverside Inn on the Conecuh River. My sister, brother and I grew up on that river, watching our dad tend his livestock and listening while he gave us lessons on how to respect nature and its critters.
“Mama was a beautiful, talented, spirited Hispanic woman,” Russell said. “From the side porch, she sewed a hundred miles a day on her pedal sewing machine. Our house was in town and when she was not sewing, she was digging in the dirt.