‘Shantyboating’ By Angie Reed Garner

The yearlong “Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life” collaboration continues its discussion of Ohio River culture with an exhibition of paintings featuring shantyboats. To call a shantyboat a houseboat is to glorify it — it’s too makeshift for that. Angie Reed Garner uses the DIY boat as a metaphor for resistance and self-preservation. (For historical information on shantyboat life, visit “Shantyboat Louisville,” at The Filson Historical Society through May 10). The exhibition’s reception is on Friday, Jan. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., the same time as Swanson Contemporary, the gallery next door, is holding one for “Currents: Contemporary Art Along the Banks of the Ohio.”


Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art
642 E. Market St.

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‘Shantyboating’ By Angie Reed Garner

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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