Deloney book signing Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 8, 2009

Internationally known Alabama artist Jack Deloney of Ozark will be featured at a book signing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

The book signing will be an added feature of Pioneer Days at the museum.

Jeff Kervin, museum board president, said the board members are excited to have Deloney back at the museum after a long absence.

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“Much of Jack Deloney’s artwork is representative of the pioneer spirit and is in keeping with the period that is preserved here at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. His artwork is a perfect fit for the museum.”

Deloney was actively involved at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama in the early days. He was a contemporary of Troy folk artist Jean Lake and an exhibitor at the museum.

However, he has not mounted a show at the museum for more than 20 years. During that time, Deloney has received national and international recognition for his artwork.

“We are honored that he is going to present a framed print of his very popular, ‘Plantation Quail’ to the museum,” Kervin said. “The print will be used as a fundraiser for the museum and we are very appreciative of his continuing support.”

Deloney said he is proud to be back at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama with his artwork but he is a frequent visitor to the museum.

“I come up here to photograph some of the outbuildings for my work,” he said. “My work titled ‘Country Store’ was modeled after the Adams General Store at the museum. The Pioneer Museum of Alabama compiles a fantastic record of area history. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Deloney will have his coffee table book, “Here at Home” and his cookbook “Down Home in High Style” available for purchase and signing.

“Here at Home” features a variety of Deloney’s artwork and will be offered at half its usual price. The cookbook includes a wide range of collected recipes and artwork by the artist.

Deloney will also have prints from his portfolio and sets of his eight Christmas Santas available for sale. However, the 2009 Santas are not yet available.

The presentation of Deloney’s artwork to the museum will be at 1 p.m.