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Southern Medley: Artist Talk with Kate Medley & A Taste of the South


Artist Talk 6-7pm | Southern Market 7-9pm

MOCA members FREE | non-members $5

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Join artist Kate Medley on a journey through the south as we explore southern culture through photography, storytelling, and food. Medley’s tales of the south unfold with delicious detail as she documents food as it travels from farms, to markets such as Whole Foods, and then on to our tables.

After the talk, visit our southern market to sample regional foods or take items home to share! Participating southern market vendors include: Buy Fresh Buy LocalThe Creative Wedge, Cullipher Farm, GiveTreatLove, and Iron Goddess Tea Room.

The evening will be a medley of art, music by Tom Dikon and Jon Vallet, farmers, artisans, beverages, and culture celebrating the exhibition 
Southern Routes.

Thanks to the Helen G. Gifford Foundation for making this exhibition possible. Thanks to TowneBank for supporting this event.

About Kate Medley:                                                                            

Kate Medley is a photojournalist and filmmaker of food culture, based in Durham, North Carolina. As a documentarian for Whole Foods, Medley travels the East Coast capturing the stories of farms and producers growing our food. In her capacity as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Medley teaches a class on visual approaches to documenting place. As a filmmaker with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Medley has created several documentary film projects that explore Southern culture through stories about food. Most recently, the Counter Histories series, produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, documents lunch counter sit-ins across the South, and A Spoken Dish celebrates the diverse food culture across the region through a series of 85 short videos. Medley received her bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Montana and her master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers across the South, including the Charlotte Observer, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and as a lead contributor for The New York Times.

About Tom Dikon and Jon Vallet:

Tom and Jon are unique performing artists who’ve collaborated for acoustic performances covering a wide array of musical genres. They feature an eclectic mix of original and classic pop, rock, country, blues, and ragtime, while always providing their audiences an entertaining and dynamic show. They perform approximately 60 shows a year in the greater Hampton Roads, Virginia area.  See Tom’s web site ( for upcoming shows! 

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Kate Medley, Crescent City Market, 2010. Archival Pigment Print. Courtesy of the Artist.


Kate Medley, Crescent City Market, 2010. Archival Pigment Print. Courtesy of the Artist.