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Final event planned for Smithsonian exhibit includes popular speaker

Published 4:42pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RED BAY – With the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” winding down this coming week, exhibit officials are preparing for one of the last breakout events associated with prestigious national exhibit.

Dolores Hydock, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “Every Picture Tells a Story: The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell” on Sunday, October 24, at 7 p.m., at the Weatherford Centre in downtown Red Bay.

This program shares a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories in some of his best-loved covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

In his autobiography, My Adventure as an Illustrator, and his guide to painting, How I Make a Picture, Rockwell described his storytelling process. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step- by-step process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.

Hydock is an actress, storyteller, and writer whose one-woman shows and presentations bring to life the voices and spirits of a wide range of characters from life and literature.

Her work has been featured at conferences and special events throughout the Southeast, and her four CDs of original stories have all received awards from Storytelling World Magazine for excellence in storytelling.

“We are so excited to have Dolores Hydock presenting this special program for us in conjunction with our exhibit,” said Rosalyn Fabianke, project director for the Smithsonian exhibit in Red Bay.

“This should be a wonderful program that is both informative and entertaining and we hope everyone can make it out for this special event.”

Originally from Reading, Penn., Dolores moved to Birmingham in 1974 after completing her studies in American Folklore at Yale University. She is a founding member of ACME, Birmingham’s Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts, and has taught Cajun and Zydeco dancing through the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board.

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