Portrait by  Michael N. Foster

Church Goin Mule, or Marshall Blevins, is a southern artist who was born and raised across the south, her kinfolk came from the mountains, though she lives in the flatland swamp of Louisiana now.

Artist Statement

The southern past is what it is. Everyone has their own grasp on history, some more tenuous that others. Some are plainly wrong, some aren't quite right. Sharecropper, plantation owner, slave, blues singer, commissary man, wash woman, poor man, drunk. These paintings explore the southern past as the artist learns more about it, through the eyes of the blues, through men like black Alabama communist born-again Ned Cobb, hoodoo lady and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, and from the ever-mystery of personal ancestry. Regardless of so many things, mules are steady-standing ready, ripe for metaphor. They were always there. Plow mules was town trotting mules, too. They built the levees, carried the cotton and the timber, and pulled boats up river. They can't reproduce, but they still seem to live forever, quiet and worthless once the tractor and the car took over. The mule is a small, forgotten part of history always begging, 'what else are y'all missin? What else y'all left behind? What else can I tell you about your future?'

Press

Featured in The Current - “Southern Graphic.” By Wendy Raffel.

Featured in Country Roads - “100 Days of Mississippi.” By Chris-Turner Neal.

Exhibitions

2019

Gallery R, Solo Show, “A Miracle of Mules,” Lafayette, LA.

Kirkwood Arts Council, Solo Show, “Missouri River Running Mule,” Kirkwood, MO.

Old Courthouse Arts Council, Juried Show, “Identity,” Woodstock, IL.

Gallery Edit, Group Show, “Edit: Waiting,” Richmond, VA.

2018

Almost Circle Gallery, Two Person Show, “Saints + Superstitions,” Biloxi, MS.

Craven Arts Council, Juried Show, Bank Of The Arts, New Bern, NC.

Oxford Tree House Gallery, Group Show, Mary Day, Oxford, MS.

The Hallway at the Warehouse, Group Show, Lafayette, LA.

Gallery 333, Victory Garden, Group Show, Lafayette, LA.

Kelly Guidry Art Studio, Summer Open House, Group Show, Breaux Bridge, LA.

Residency

The Martyn House Artist’s Residency, Ellijay, GA, September.

2017

Arrow, Solo Show, Church Goin Mule, New Orleans, LA.

Lounge Gallery, Solo Show, Untitled, Lafayette, LA.

Smith & Lens, Group Show, Dolly Should, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Kelly Guidry Art Studio, Fall Open House, Group Show, Breaux Bridge, LA.

2016

Smith & Lens, Group Show, Dolly Should, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Gallery 333, Group Show, Painting Invitational, Lafayette, LA.

Reve, Two Person Show, Tapestries & Mules, Lafayette, LA. Smith & Lens, Solo Show, Church Going Mule, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Warehouse 535, Juried Group Show, Warehouse Project, Lafayette, LA.

Almost Circle Gallery, Group Show, Mark Makers Making Marks, Biloxi, MS.