Victoria Cummings Bobo shows a piece called "Patches" in her exhibit for Black History Month at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. An opening reception is next Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Victoria Cummings Bobo’s art springs to life in print, on the canvas and in spoken and sung words.
The Itawamba County artist and poet is joining the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery in a celebration of Black History Month with a display and performance of her work. An opening reception is set for Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 609 Fillmore Street.
The opening will include a recitation of her poetry.
“She has a fabulous voice and will also sing some of her work,” said Guild President Sonny Boatman. “Her performances are really outstanding.”
Her artwork grew somewhat out of necessity after beginning work on a book of poetry.
“I wanted to show illustrations in a book, and it’s very expensive to try to get an artist,” she said. “I tried my hand at it and loved it.”
Her folk art often incorporates objects, which can be anything from a shopping bag to rocks to paper towels. In this exhibit, the shopping bags have been fashioned like Japanese fans in a dimensional work, and the paper towels join soda bottles and a checkerboard in a piece called “Patches.”
“I recycle everything,” said Bobo.
She enjoys painting with acrylic and oils, sometimes combining the two. The exhibit also includes some abstract paintings and some sculptures of whimsical outhouses.
Bobo finds her works often come in groups of three.
“Before I do a piece, I pray,” she said.
Bobo has multiple sclerosis. When it comes to Black History Month, though, she doesn’t let that diagnosis slow her down. With the help of her husband and sister-in-law, she has assembled exhibits for both Corinth and Fulton for the month.
Bobo was creatively inspired by living in New York for some time.
“I wanted to bring the arts back,” she said.
In Itawamba County, Bobo is the founder of WAM’BA (We Amend Minds By Action), a group that provides cultural activities and enrichment programs for area youth.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.