Lifecasting exhibit in New Albany shows the faces of the Mississippi blues

A special exhibit, now on display in New Albany, displays the true faces of Mississippi blues.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 6:36 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - A local blues legend will now have his face on display in New Albany.

A lifecasting presentation took place on Thursday to kick-off the opening of the Cast of Blues exhibit at the Union County Heritage Museum.

The exhibit displays 40 face impressions of legendary Mississippi blues musicians.

Artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson takes pride in being able to portray the history of the musical genre she loves.

"The lifecasting process captures the bone structure, the muscle, the pores, the scars and the essence of the face really," she said.

One such musician, Sam Mosley, has toured the world playing blues for more than 40 years, but he got his musical start in New Albany in 1956.

McConnell-Dickerson and her partners spent a couple of hours demonstrating and explaining the casting process to the visitors at the exhibit.

Mosley's cast will join the exhibit.

According to McConnell-Dickerson, her goal is to create a touchable tribute to the blues musicians of Mississippi.

She is a New England native and a former flight attendant.

Her life suddenly changed when she was 27 years old. She woke up blind and was later diagnosed with a serious eye disease.

After several surgeries and the continued loss of vision, McConnell-Dickerson decided to lean towards sculpture.

"With a disability, doing art is a way I access my lost sense of sight," she said.

McConnell-Dickerson is now almost 100 percent blind and is seeking venues to exhibit her work, share lessons and talk about her life.

She insists that all of her exhibits be accessible to people with disabilities, and she allows visitors to touch the artwork.

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