Gerald Byrd: Growing Up Soul
Opening Reception: May 5, 2017 — 5 p.m.
Public Exhibition Dates: May 6- July 1, 2017
Gerald Byrd’s semi-autobiographical works draw imagery from a history both personal and shared. His own struggles within the African American community and the complex history of the south become nonlinear narratives in mixed media paintings. Photography and realism merge with bits of text, objects and poetic gestures to reflect his collapsed vision of past and present. Byrd hopes to raise awareness of the plight of the disadvantaged in the New South, elevating them to a place of dignity, inspiring empathy and appreciation in the viewer.
Pam Hagan: All Nature Sings
Opening Reception: July 14 | 5 p.m-7 p.m.
Dates: July 14-August 26, 2017
Pam Hagan investigates a variety of subjects and media through a passion for the creative process. Working in watercolor, acrylic, graphite, pastel, and oil, the artist captures lively portraits, still lifes, and the beautiful low-country landscapes of her home in Beaufort, South Carolina. The Title of her show comes from her favorite hymn, “This is My Father’s World.” This hymn comes to mind in her work which reflects the beauty that God has created in the trees, rocks, skies, animals, and seas. Mrs. Hagan feels blessed to make art that connects her to the awesome wonders of the world. Mrs. Hagan earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and studied art education at Kennesaw State. She has exhibited her work and instructed classes in venues throughout the metro Atlanta area and coastal South Carolina. Currently, her work can be seen in her studio at Atelier on Bay in the historic Lipsitz Building and the Beaufort Art Association Gallery.
Larry Leach: Luminous Landscapes II
Opening Reception: September 22 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Dates: September 8–October 20, 2017
The landscapes painted by Larry Leach invite the viewer into the quiet isolation of nature. Focusing on recreating the subtlety of light, Leach employs an energetic style that balances realism with a delicate, impressionistic appearance. Through a complex layering and scraping of oil glazes in cool and warm colors, an intensity of surface depth and light is produced that enriches every surface in the artist’s large scale works. Ocean views and colorful country sides stretch into the horizon, underscoring the vastness of each setting while revealing its beauty. Leach earned his Master of Fine Arts at Northwestern University and has since taught at several colleges including a tenure position in the art department at Louisiana State University. He has held a long-term artist-in-residency position with ColArt America, Inc, and has had his work added to private and permanent collections throughout the southeast and southwest including the Foosaner Art Museum, Florida State Department of Revenue, Southeast Texas Museum of Art and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Brian Colin and Craig Foster: The Fantastic and the Unconventional
Opening Reception: October 26 | 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Dates: October 26–December 7, 2017
Jump into the highly imaginative worlds of sculptor Brian Colin and tattoo artist Craig Foster in an exhibition that mixes elements of pop surrealism, underground art and personal style. Colin began his artistic career as a comic book creator and print designer after receiving his degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Upon discovering the possibilities of air-dry clay, the artist began to render his work in sculpture. Strange and amazing creatures from Revilo, the make-believe world of Colin’s daydreams, come to life through exotic forms and the detailed craftsmanship of the artist’s modeling.
Craig Foster creates bold illustrations of rebellious and colorful characters from skulls, animals, junk food and other curious items. Foster, originally from Queens in New York, has been tattooing since 1995 with a focus on “new skool” designs and has been featured on the reality competition show Ink Master. Elevating the underground tattooing arts, Foster’s work is a mixed media celebration of an old art form made new.
Bruce Bobick: The Ripple Effect
Opening Reception: January 5 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Dates: January 5–February 16, 2018
Bruce Bobick is a professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Art from the University of West Georgia. This exhibition showcases many of his new paintings and celebrates his connection to former students and past professors through an inclusion of their work. Bobick’s current watercolor paintings investigate a variety of themes that intermix personal memory, symbolism and found objects. Compositions of people, animals, items and architecture are created through a controlled and elegant use of watercolor washes and vibrant colors. Bobick’s work has been widely displayed, including recent exhibits with the Albany Art Museum and the Art in Embassies program with the U.S. Department of State. His work has won numerous awards including purchase awards from the Springfield Art Museum and the National Watercolor Society.
Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections
Opening Reception: February 24 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Dates: February 24-April 7, 2018
Touring since 2004, Apron Chronicles is one of America’s most nostalgic, thought-provoking and generational-friendly traveling exhibitions that presents the American experience by sharing the stories of individuals through their aprons. In a series of photographs, accompanying narratives and 150 vintage aprons, the exhibit explores the lives behind each apron and use the garment as a starting point for discussions about family, recipes, values, life challenges, friendship, opportunity and the modern perspective. The exhibits diverse storytellers include an 111 year old mother and her only child, a Holocaust survivor, a biology professor from Mali, Africa and a preteen and her grandmother. Bestselling author EllynAnne Geisel’s stories and vintage apron collection give voice to the exhibit with award winning photographer Kristina Loggia preserving the storytellers’ images in an environmental style that complements the unadorned honesty of their recollections.
Remix: A Carrollton Artist Guild Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception: April 12 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Dates: April 12–May 24, 2018
This annual exhibition hosted by the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center has a new twist! Submitted work will be created from the collaboration of guild artists in opposing media. Painters, illustrators, woodworkers, photographers, potters and sculptors will team up to produce new, “outside the box” work that will be both surprising and exciting. The exhibition will be an adventure in cooperation, innovation and experimentation. The Carrollton Artist Guild was formed in 2002 and is responsible for the annual Arts Festival of Carrollton. The guild has hosted a multitude of community workshops, artist demonstrations, group shows and solo exhibitions to promote local participation in the arts.
From the Ground Up, Rooted in Carrollton
Reception: May 31 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Dates: May 31-July 7, 2018
Inspired by Organic Farmer John Ashley Davis, the delicious array of homegrown fruits, veggies and chickens of Carrollton’s Cosmos Farms, Carol Duggar has created a series of still life and landscape paintings using the produce and fields as her subject matter. Using an impressionistic style, the artist combines photographic references, direct observation and her own imagination to depict the subject, using a play of color, light and shadow to subtly add dramatic tension. The rich use of color and liveliness of brush stroke imbues each oil painting with the feeling of freshness that stems from the agricultural setting. Duggar received a degree in Fine and Applied Arts at Santa Fe Junior College and a BS degree at the University of South Carolina. Her recent exhibitions have included the Statesboro Regional Art Association Annual Juried Show in the Averitt Center for the Arts and she is a featured artist in the Rosengart Fine Art and Gifts Gallery in Statesboro, Georgia.
An introductory discussion for the reception will be held by John Ashley Davis, owner of Cosmos Farms, and cousin of artist, Carol Duggar. Mr. Davis will give a talk about his career and sustainable agricultural practices, using his farming methods as a case study. Davis believes that such practices are needed to help maintain a healthy community and environment. Duggar will discuss her work and how she was inspired by her cousin’s farm to create her body of work.