FOCUS 2017

The annual FOCUS Photography Exhibit is currently on display at the GMA.

Sorrow by Lisa Johnston

 

FOCUS features artists of all ages working in traditional or digital photography.

Vertigo by Madelyn Carr Bonnett

Each submission was reviewed by a blind jury and those selected to be a part of the competition are now on exhibition.

An experienced, credible judge will evaluate each piece and Cash prizes will be given to Best in Show, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention award winners.

 

A Splash of Lime by Hank Seigel

 

Submissions include photographs from the southeast United States to New York.

 

All Night Every Night by Gary Ricketts

There will be an opening reception for FOCUS as well as our other two current exhibits on Friday, May 5th from 5-7 pm.


Walking and Flying: Paintings by Sarah Landrum

“My work attempts to treat painting as a gradual, deliberative experience, both for myself and for the viewer.  Most of the paintings begin as simple still lifes, based upon ordinary objects in my studio and home. Painting mute, inert forms within a shallow space enables me to pose and attempt to answer specific questions about painting.”

“I work slowly on several pieces simultaneously. The images change over time as the painting process is  invaded by memories, history, current events, books I’m reading, or simply an overheard phrase.  The original forms disintegrate and transform through the painting process; the image unfolds through scraping, cutting, peeling, editing, and repainting. As time passes, each painting responds to others around it in the studio. I often remove paintings from their support midway through the process. This enables me to further experiment with deconstructing and reconstructing images.”

“My intention and the impulse behind each painting may not be obvious to viewers. My hope is that a meaning can unfold as they experience line, shape, and form, and that they can take some pleasure in deciphering the image through the lense of their own experience.”

— Sarah Landrum

Walking and Flying

“Solving a problem or having an idea while performing a recurring task or doing something mundane is a common experience for most of us. Much of the mental “work” of a painting occurs during repetitive mark-making and through stitching, scraping, and stapling. Repetitive actions such as walking, breathing, certain tasks,  and indeed much of the “boring” work of ordinary life, can free our minds and lead to flights of imagination.”

 

 

Sarah Landrum lives and works in Jacksonville,  Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia. Since receiving her BFA in Painting from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 1984, she has maintained her studio practice and exhibited consistently throughout the Southeast. As an arts educator working in communities and schools, she views teaching as a vital and inseparable part of her creative work. She has been the visual arts teacher at The Donoho School in Anniston, Alabama since 2005.

Click here to visit Sarah’s website


Southern Realism by Rachel Wakefield

 

 

 

“Through the use of observation and reference photography I create paintings that feature subjects immersed in bodies of water. Water surrounds the subject and represents the weight and pressure of life, but also makes us feel like we are dreaming — floating and free.”

 

 

“I want to recreate a quiet place where sound is muffled and vision is blurred — capturing those vulnerable moments we keep to ourselves. Though sometimes detailed and complicated, or simple and abstract, these intimate feelings that we have are the most meaningful parts of being.”

 

 – Rachel Ann Wakefield

 

 

The water is symbolic of the dominant weight and pressures of life while also juxtaposing the “floating,” still silence of such submersion.

 


Selfies: Paintings by Kathryn McGinley

Opening reception: April 7 from 5–7PM

On display in the Leo Reynolds Gallery

 

 

 

From the artist

I am a Florida based artist currently working on a collection of portrait paintings in acrylic ink on paper.

This collection of selfies acts as a social commentary on how we represent ourselves on the internet, our need to feel relevant, and on the vulnerability of portraying our individual lifestyles on the World Wide Web.

I implemented the single line drawing technique as one of the main elements to add another layer of abstract quality to the paintings. I love working in ink for its fluidity, vibrant colors, and building translucent layers of brush marks and blotching. This body of work has a fun and inviting energy and is one of my favorites to work with.

I received a B.A. in Art from the University of North Florida and have exhibited art throughout Florida. In addition to showing and selling, I’ve taught small art classes, had an internship as a volunteer artist with Art with a Heart in Healthcare at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and currently volunteer at the Foosaner Art Museum and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.


PaperWorkers Local Presents Methods: Traditional to Digital

Currently on display on the second floor is an exhibit from PaperWorkers Local, titled Methods: Traditional to Digital

above: Tug O’ War by Debra Riffe (Linoleum block relief)

 

PaperWorkers Local is an non-profit organization of artists who come together to produce, display, and appreciate original art involving a paper format/medium.

As per their mission statement, the goal of PWL is “to enable and nurture the making, exhibition, and appreciation of original fine art prints and works of art on paper.”

 

Above: Barred Owl Family by Jane Marshall (Hand-colored etching)

 

Above: He’ll Grow Into It by Richard Stockham (Woodblock)

 

PWL plays a large part in the cultural resurgence of fine art on paper in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

They realized the lack of access to the medium and an exodus of talent from the Birmingham area and published “An Argument for a Printmaking Facility in Birmingham.”

 

 

Above: Artes in Allegretto by Artes Hicks (Intaglio)

 

Below: Busyness by Sarah Marshall (Mixed Media Print)

 

PWL hosts exhibitions, workshops, and classes for both accomplished and aspiring artists.

 

 

Above: Self Portrait by Artes Hicks (Intaglio)

 

A closing reception for the three current exhibits will be held on March 3, during First Friday Downtown.

 

Visit the PaperWorkers Local website here


A Tale of Six Counties

(above) “Me and Kathryn-Anne” (Cuyahoga County) – Pamela A. Canzater

 

In celebration of Black History Month, the works of Pamela A. Canzater are on display in the Leo Reynolds gallery.

 

(above) “In the Midnight” (Portage County) – Pamela A. Canzater        

                                 

(below) “Walking with My Savior” (Portage County) – Pamela A. Canzater

 

Her exhibit, “A Tale of Six Counties; How One Black Family Nurtured Their Southern/Northern Daughter,” is a biographical walk through her life of being an African-American woman raised in six different counties from Alabama to New York.

 

(above) “Am I Black Enough?” (Queens County) – Pamela A. Canzater                                                

(below) “Bedtime Stories” (Perry County) – Pamela A. Canzater

 

An closing reception for the three current exhibits will be held on March 3, during First Friday Downtown.

 


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Relics: New Works by Anita Stewart & Amanda Ann Palmer

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On display January 21 through March 3, 2017

Opening reception January 21, 2017, 5-7pm

Closing reception March 3, 2017, 5-7pm

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Anita Stewart’s Artist Statement:

My current work continues to reflect my interest in the theory that nothing ever leaves the universe and nothing new enters. I’ve also begun to think about the souls or essence or energy that temporarily inhabits our physical bodies as well as the bodies of other living entities. These tabernacles that once held life are very intriguing, especially as they begin to decay and reveal their depth.

When I began working with the boxes, I often thought of them as reliquaries.  What is a relic, in the traditional religious sense, if not part of a tabernacle? So the words began to become interchangeable, and I now see the boxes as keepers of relics and/or tabernacles – used and disintegrating ones, but tabernacles nonetheless.

Amanda Ann Palmer’s Artist Statement:

I started building this body of work as a way to examine my relationship with curiosity. This is only the beginning of my investigation and my first interest, the forest, seemed an appropriate place to launch.

When I remember being small, in the forest, the first thing that comes to mind is the feeling of pine sap on my fingers. I know it’s sticky and is going to take three days to wash it off, but I can’t help myself. I always pick up pine cones, needing to feel the prickle of the scales and admire the spiral that embellishes the bottom. The sense of touch is prominent in all my early forest memories. I can feel my feet dragging through the sea of pine straw in the thicket I used to play in with my brothers. We would make a collection of all the relics we found and put them on a shelf in our fort. The forest, my encyclopedia of texture, has held my attention since.

While working on this series, it became apparent that I was constructing an homage to a child’s curiosity.I am excited to explore curiosity in a broader way. I hope embracing it will allow me to move through this world with more empathy and generosity.

I would like to dedicate this series to Clementine, Max, Judson, Abe, Cora and Jim.