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A Good Woman Is Hard to Find: Baltimore Artist Starts Flannery O’Connor Parade and Block Party in Savannah, GA

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Caption: Festival-goers at the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Parade, Picnic, and Street Fair, Savannah,GA. Photo credit: Bill Dawers, Savannah Unplugged

 Baltimore artist Christine Sajecki has been known for years for her encaustic paintings, which have graced book covers, gallery walls, and the studios of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, where she taught the medium for several years while an artist in residence. Her latest endeavor, however, has nothing to do with wax or Charm City, but a southern writer, one celebrated by hipsters and misanthropes and the literary world alike for her brutal Southern Gothic short stories and novels.

“I moved to Georgia in 2009, and while I was living there with my husband I found a proclamation at the library in Savannah, declaring January 13th, 1972, as Flannery O’Connor Day,” Sajecki explains. “I had just made a friend, Andrew Hartzell, who said something along the lines of, “hey, if anyone ever has a reason to throw a parade, let me know!”

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