Friday, September 17, 2010

A Man Named Pearl: His Art, His Garden

Pearl Fryar a self taught artist, the son of sharecroppers, who has educated himself on the art of topiary gardening. "Not knowing ahead of time that something is supposed to be impossible often makes it possible to achieve," according to Pearl. His art for gardening all began with him wanting to win the Yard of the Month award. He finally won, and was also the first African-American in the community of Bishopville, SC to do so. Now his garden is seen by people from all around the world, making his home a tourist destination, and simultaneously revitalizing the community of Bishopville. He has been featured in Art in America, PBS Victory Garden, Garden Design, CBS Sunday Morning, Fine Gardening, Charleston Magazine and the New York Times. Included with that recognition is a documentary titled, "A man Named Pearl." This documentary is truly inspiring, and is a testimony to hard work, dedication, commitment, and passion. Love it. Mr. Fryar ignored the racial undertones of his community, and instead found his purpose. With his message and personal motto of, "Love, Peace, and Goodwill," he is showing us all, how to live. This post was inspired by Regina Agu, a visual artist.

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