GRAYSON The Grayson Gallery and Art Center will present “Funeral Traditions of the South” with an opening exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The solo show of works by Carol A. Shutt is a photographic essay designed to document and preserve the diverse heritage of Southern funerals.

Shutt is a photographer, oral historian and  trained Kentucky scholar. Her work will be displayed through Dec. 7.

“Americans tend to believe everyone deals with death in the same way, and that way is the way we deal with it personally,” Shutt said. “In actuality, there are many, many ways of honoring our loved ones in death. This exhibit is designed to document our diverse heritage to educate those who never knew about, or have forgotten, the traditions of their ancestors or the customs of other groups.

“Even as our traditions change, one thing is proven to remain the same. The respect for our dead remains intact.”

In addition to her funeral traditions-themed pieces, various other photographs will be shown, including a group of her tobacco farming works.

In addition, a visual presentation with a talk by Shutt will be at 7 p.m.  in lieu of live music.

The free event also will feature a poetry reading by Misty Skaggs from her latest book “Planted by the Signs.” Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Gallery.

For more information, email Dan Click at graysongallery@gmail.com.

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