The First Shoe Collection by Marilynn Barr will be on display and for sale in the Sister Galleries of the Alamance Arts Captain White House from August 31 through October 10, 2020. Marilynn Barr lives and works as a practicing artist in Greensboro, North Carolina. Barr’s inspiration for the Shoe Collection was a vintage wooden shoe form known as a “last.” She set a goal to create more than 100 shoes. Dozens of sketches served as blueprints for the Collection. A ceramic kiln was needed to make it a reality. Her need was answered with a 2017 Regional Artist Grant from Alamance Arts. The Collection was influenced by the 1940s and 50s, personal experiences, and utility. It had to be possible, if manufactured, to wear each shoe. Every shoe has a story, “The First Shoe,” a pink spiral design with cerulean lace and a chunky heel, salutes Barr’s love of carnival cotton candy and the hot sand on Coney Island; “Flowers for Sister Francis” honors a nun from her boarding school days, and, “Brick House”, well you can imagine.