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The Gourdmaster’s House, Sylvester

As I was driving through Sylvester with my parents recently I turned on a side street and this delightful home immediately caught my eye. I got shots of all the other houses I was interested in and couldn’t wait to take a closer look at this one. Moreover, I was surprised I’d never noticed it before.

It wasn’t easy tracking down information, but my father recalled having seen a fascinating story on the Albany news about a gentleman who was working on a community garden in Sylvester that included a banana farm. He thought, just perhaps, this could be his home.

I’m always excited to find a new art environment and this one was special. As I approached the house, I felt it wasn’t the work of a traditional folk artist, but rather that of a skilled and trained professional. I also knew the creator was sharing a vision. The images depicted on the house blend Native American and African iconography and seem to pay tribute to displaced and endangered peoples.

After a bit of research I discovered that it was, in fact, the home of the gentleman my father had suggested. His name is Sam X White, and he’s known by many as The Gourdmaster Sam X, for his masterpieces of gourd art. But Sam is a Renaissance man. He’s a community activist, art educator, supporter of 4-H, and the man behind Sylvester’s Village Community Garden. He’s an ambassador for so much more than art and I hope his neighbors love his work as much as I do. I hope to meet him in the future.

 

 

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Alfred Dorman Wholesale Warehouse, Circa 1900, Statesboro

Downtown Statesboro GA Seafood Market Restaurant Old Warehouse Semi Truck Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Burney Marsh for the identification.

Eagle Nation Statesboro GA Farmers Market Sculpture Colleen Meyer Wesley Stewart School Spirit Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Just across East Main Street, in Triangle Park, is one of several unique sculptures located around Statesboro honoring Georgia Southern’s Eagles football team. This one, designed by Colleen Breyer and Wesley Stewart  is entitled Farmer’s Market. This neighborhood has undergone a bit of a renaissance recently and is now home to Eagle Creek Brewery, a popular brewpub and a first for Statesboro.

Restaurant Seafood Marker Mural Pale Greens Hot Pinks Brick Downtown Statesboro GA Bulloch County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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