Flannery O’Connor was warmly remembered on Jan. 31 at Southern Discomfort, a group art show and silent auction put on by the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home.
The show took place in the gallery space at ThincSavannah. 39 pieces by 27 artists were available for purchase at the silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting the foundation.
The art at Southern Discomfort represented a wide variety of mediums and interpretations of O’Connor’s own work. A painting by Panhandle Slim deemed the writer “St. Flannery of the South.” Other pieces represented or interpreted themes commonly used by O’Connor, like religion and living in the South.
Amidst the paintings was a cake decorated with fake Spanish moss, a sugar magnolia and O’Connor’s face painted in the icing. There were also event T-shirts for sale with O’Connor’s quote, “I am if you ain’t.”
The first Southern Discomfort event took place in 2012 and was created by two teachers at Armstrong. Associate Professor of English Beth Howells and Instructor of English Bill Dawers, who are both board members of the foundation, came up with the idea together.
“They’re the creative geniuses,” said Helen Borrello, president of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. “They really get all the credit because it has created more energy than a lot of things in Savannah, really.”….