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H.C. Porter Brings The Mississippi Blues To Ann Arbor

H C Porter
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

Blues fans and those that want a unique look at life in Mississippi need look no further than Ann Arbor's North University this week.  Vibrant colors pop out of the dark backgrounds, bringing to life the feeling of the blues and the south.  

It'sH.C. Porter's booth in the Ann Arbor Street Fair.  Porter has been bringing her work from Mississippi to Ann Arbor for about 20 years.  She says, "My work is always based on my photograph.  I silk screen that image and then I hand paint back on top of it.  So it's lots of layers of bright colors back in on top of a high contrast kind of graphic image."

Porter has color reproductions of her three year effort to preserve the history of 30 Mississippi Blues legends at their homes.  Her booth also includes some original pieces focused on gulf coast residents after Hurricane Katrina.
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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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