A piece from the Carmel Plein Air Festival, 14 x 18, Beach houses along the Pacific Grove shoreline. Winner of an Award Excellence Prize

Painting Workshop by John Guernsey

The Gadsden Museum of Art will be hosting a painting workshop by artist John Guernsey – “Painting Dynamic Landscape in Oils” on October 13th & 14th, 2017.

 

Spring floral display with tangerines, Still life piece, 12 x 16

 

Gain new insights and skills in color mixing, light and shadow theory, and brushwork, and create paintings with a professional and dynamic look. Gain confidence in the painting process, from start to finish, and learn ways to handle complex subject matter with great ease and simple gestures. Through a variety of lecture, demonstrations, enjoyable practice studies, and one-on-one assistance, you be challenged to apply some unique techniques, and to think in new ways about oil painting. We’ll cover landscape, cityscape, as well as still life. We’ll also cover a variety of additional topics, such as color expressionism and texture, composition, and materials advice. Plan on painting several small study and practice paintings, in addtion to some finished pieces. Expect a focused, yet relaxed, atmosphere with lots of fun and camaraderie.

 

A piece from the Carmel Plein Air Festival, 14 x 18, Beach houses along the Pacific Grove shoreline. Winner of an Award Excellence Prize

 

*Spots are limited, so reserve yours as soon as possible*

 

The class is $150.00 per student and each student must provide his or her own supplies. See the supplies list here.

 

Waterfall in Dawsonville, GA, 20 x 16

 

 

 

California native John Brian Guernsey is a contemporary landscape artist. He currently concentrates primarily on landscape painting, mostly done en plein air or alla prima (completed in one sitting).

Inspired by nature and city life alike, Guernsey’s work reveals a keen observance of atmosphere and light. Guernsey maintains a busy schedule of classes and workshops, and regularly participates in nationally ranked plein air festivals throughout the country. See more from John Guernsey on his website: http://johnbguernsey.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Register for this workshop, please complete and return the registration form here.

 

 

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GMA’s Art Play

Yesterday marked the first of many new and exciting things happening at the GMA.


 

 

We have updated and renovated our children’s area, now named GMA Art Play, under the direction of our new Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jill Edwards.

 

 

Kids can create their own cubist faces in the style of Pablo Picasso.

 

 

 

We have widened our demographic to include all age children and altered the available activities to be centered around art.

 

 

A pop art mural in the style of Keith Haring lets kids pose to mimic the art.

 

 

 

 

Artist-themed activities feature homage to Kandinsky, Picasso, Haring, Hirst, and Warhol.

 

 

 

 

This summer we will be offering two weeks of summer camps for students grades 1-7. Registration is now open.

 

Jill details the renovations for guests at the Art Play grand opening on May 2nd.

 

Additional upcoming events this summer at the GMA include a photography class, small group private art lessons, and more. Official dates and times are to be announced.

 

The GMA is proud to introduce its new Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jill Edwards.

 

 

About Our New Education Coordinator:

Jill received her degree in Interior Design from the University of Alabama and has taught Art History classes to elementary students at Eura Brown for the past ten years. She is currently teaching classes in her on-site classroom and has exciting outreach plans that include art lessons for local elementary and homeschool groups.

 

 

 

 


For inquiries or information, contact GMA staff at (256) 546-7365.


 

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.