Solo Museum Exhibition of Margaret Morrison original realist/ surrealist larger- than- life oil paintings of gooey, glistening, sugary desserts at the Maria V Howard Arts Center in the City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina curated by Alicyn Weidrich.
I blame my sweet tooth on my father. On hot summer nights, five decades ago, my parents and all six daughters would pack into the family station wagon and head to the drive-in movie theater. This of course included the ritual stop at the local drug store where my dad would purchase several bags of candy for us. I recall the utter joy of perusing up and down the long aisles looking for perfect treat; the shiny wrappers, the seductive packaging, the incalculable thrill of sweet pleasure.
My father was the usual instigator in our frequent visits to the famous local ice cream store. I still get a nostalgic flutter remembering the giant double ice cream cone spinning slowly around on the sign outside the store. We would order long glass dishes piled with three scoops of ice cream, rivers of hot fudge and mountains whipped cream with a cherry gracing the summit. I can still remember the magical concoction that my father always ordered, "the Cashew Conquistador". In those simple years, it didn't take too long for me to arrive at the equation that sweets = unadulterated happiness. -Margaret Morrison, 2018