Mavis Gragg, Chief Artsy Friend
Everyone needs a friend in art
Hey! My name is Mavis and I like to take portraits with collard greens!
Actually, that photo is pretty precious to me. It's from a series commissioned with artist Dare Kumolu Johnson where I took portraits with my great granny's quilts. This is one of many arts initiatives I engage in.
I am an attorney and art enthusiast based in Durham, NC. My law practice areas focus on death and dirt (estate planning, estate administration, and heirs property). I also have a lot of experience as a mediator. In fact, I've been able to use my skills as a mediator to mediate the conversation between art and the art consumer.
I started collecting art intentionally after becoming a docent at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art, which was once one of the largest and oldest private collections open to the public. Since I returned to Durham, I've hosted several art events:
Book launch and coloring party for my friend and illustrator, Andrea Pippins' first book, I Love My Hair. Imagine fifty or so grownups colored to our hearts' content in the beautiful art centered hotel 21C while enjoying our favorite childhood snacks and adult beverages.
So, yeah, I probably earned the name Chief Artsy Friend- at least for initiative and interest. And, I hope you I can be your Chief Artsy Friend too.