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Larry Graham and Ann Ballard Bryan

April 28, 2017

This week Kerry will talk to Larry Graham and Ann Ballard Bryan about the upcoming Edwin Brewer art exhibit.

Larry Graham is President at Graham & Associates LLC and a former Friends of Dreamland board member. Graham is the nephew of Arkansas artist Edwin Brewer and helped arrange the donation of Brewer's art to the Dreamland Ballroom which will be on public display May 4, 2017.

The paintings, by Arkansas artist Edwin Cook Brewer, were donated to the Dreamland Ballroom by his daughter Audrey Brewer Wood and her husband Don Wood through their family connection with Graham.

The art series was inspired by a Santa Barbara, California jazz club and had been on display there. After its closure, Brewer's relatives, daughter Audrey and son-in-law Don Wood, sought a new place for the series of jazz paintings. Since the Dreamland Ballroom was a favored venue on the Chitlin’ Circuit where jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and many others performed made the eight paintings depicting jazz performers a good fit for the historic site.

Graham was integral in helping this display come back home to Brewer’s home state of Arkansas.

 

Kerry will also interview, Ann Ballard Bryan a current member of the Friends of Dreamland board, and a historic preservationist since 1994, and who has worked on the restoration of other private collections of Edwin Brewer Art. Bryan is co-owner and a conservator of Bryan & Devan Conservation and a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

As a Clinical Instructor at UCA, Bryan’s courses include History of Architecture, Interiors and Furnishings and Historic Preservation. She holds a Master of Science with an emphasis in curriculum development in Historic Preservation and Restoration.

Bryan is also on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arkansas Chapter where she is Chair of the Polly Woods Scholarship subcommittee.

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