Monday, August 21, 2006

Mary Jane Alexander's "Salt of the Red Earth" Project

In the past three months, award-winning writer and photographer Mary Jane Alexander has criss-crossed Oklahoma and logged more than 2,000 miles to create portraits and signature quotes representing 100 Oklahoman centenarians. So far she has interviewed 88 -- from Commerce to Selig to Valliant. Four of the centenarians she has met (all women) were born in the 1890s. She has met one set of centenarian siblings and three married centenarian couples. The project - which is sanctioned by the Centennial Commision but unfunded - will result in dozens of museum-quality prints for a Tulsa Historical Society exhibit in November as well as a 2007 showing in the Governor's Gallery at the State Capitol. If you want to help Mary Jane with this project, contact her at inkfactory at cox dot net.

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