Dig Deep, Rise Up by Laurie Popp

“The natural world, it’s where we come from, it’s where we will return.  As it goes so do we. Let’s take care of it.”

— Artist Statement from Laruie Popp

Tree Asylum # 1

This fiber installation will be on display during July and August in our Leo Reynolds Gallery.


Tree Asylum # 5

Tree Asylum #5




Artist Laurie Popp

Laurie Popp was born in Santa Barbara, CA, a magical place by the ocean.  She regularly spent all of her allowance at the pet store downtown.


Bunnies and Carrots

She studied Materials Engineering and then began a slow migration eastward to the hills of Tennessee.  

Doves on a Wire

She creates art in several mediums to tell the stories of the animals and their spaces that fill her life on her farm.


Mare and Colt

See more about Laurie and her work at her website, lauriepopp.com


Much to Be Discussed — Mary Dunn

The mixed media installation of artist Mary Dunn will be on exhibition in our Second Floor Gallery during July and August.


So Great a Cloud by Mary Dunn

Crocheted and knitted infant hats (acrylic and cotton yarn), Varied Dimensions

Below: Alternate view



Artist Statement

“I have an innate desire to visually record moments in time. This impulse manifested first as figurative drawings and paintings. Today, instead of recording literal moments, my work more often references something happening internally, its roots in the thoughts that occupy me daily as opposed to scenes positioned before my eyes. The external has also become a source, as I explore and highlight social or cultural phenomena through artmaking. While working mimetically remains an important part of my practice, much of my art has moved toward abstraction. The physicality of the body remains an important factor in my current work, although it may only be suggested.”



“The contemporary revitalization of craft media – particularly crochet, which has been traditionally practiced by women in the home – has influenced me to engage in a more craft- or textile-based approach. Crochet stirs memories of time spent in quiet moments with family and friends, and references a history of service and gift-giving. Textiles indicate clothing, invite touching, and imply protection and warmth. The action of crochet is also metaphorical – many loops suggest a community of individuals who, together, make a whole. Repetitive, tedious action leaves a record of invested time and labor.”


“Working in crochet has allowed me to move out from the wall, away from illusionistic space and into actual space. Formal arrangements of everyday objects or materials bring to mind the stuff of the real world; taken out of context, they begin to transform, conveying meaning beyond their function. Not only is my art made from commonplace things, I create it in my home, a fundamentally domestic space. Working surrounded by the effects of daily activity, my life and art become inseparable. Although some pieces are three-dimensional, I continue to pull from my drawing and painting background. Colored yarn replaces paint; string is a twisting, looping line, connecting back to a history of artists and craftspeople, as well as to my own creative beginnings.”

— Mary Dunn

Artist Biography

I spent my childhood in a small North Louisiana town surrounded by family, many of whom were constantly making beautiful things. My mom was my first drawing teacher, my grandmothers tirelessly crafted both family meals and family heirlooms, and my dad cultivated and arranged roses. I inherited their desire to create.

After graduating with a BFA in communication design and studio art, I moved to the Dallas area, where I worked as a magazine designer and illustrator and married my husband Christian. We then moved back to Louisiana, where we both earned MFA degrees from Louisiana Tech University. My focus has shifted away from design to fine art, but I continue to work as a freelance illustrator. My art practice includes painting, drawing, and craft work such as crochet, and I continue to incorporate techniques from my design background as part of my creative process.


“Portrait of the Artist’s Grandmother II”

For more information about Mary and her work, visit her website, marybdunn.com.


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.






Ironic Design

June 2017

As part of his thesis exhibition and research to complete his MFA Degree, Blake Dodgen is curating an exhibit at the Gadsden Museum of Art titled Ironic Design.


This is a national juried exhibit and a thesis exhibit for Dodgen’s research to gather data about various uses of irony in contemporary art and design.



The exhibit features an array of disciplines showcasing different interpretations of irony.



The exhibit is ultimately a research component to determine how patrons react to irony and how it plays a crucial role as an element of contemporary design.



There will be a closing reception for Dodgen’s show on Friday, June 23rd from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Gadsden Museum of Art.



Your participation is welcome with this exhibit. Data Collection Surveys regarding patrons’ analysis of exhibition content can be found in the gallery.





MOE’s Day

Thursday, June 8th is MOE’S DAY!

From 5 PM – 9 PM, Moe’s Southwest Grill in East Gadsden will donate 15% of qualified sales (pre-tax) to benefit the Gadsden Museum of Art.

All you have to do is present the printed flyer to your cashier when you purchase your meal.

Come have a delicious southwest dinner while helping support the GMA!

**Printed flyers MUST be presented at purchase and cannot be combined with another discount or promotion**

We will have these printed flyers available at Moe’s on Thursday

This fundraiser is only eligible at Moe’s Southwest Grill at 510 East Meighan Blvd, Gadsden AL.

An Open Heart Allows Blessings to Flow

An Open Heart Allows Blessings to Flow 

by Claire Lewis Evans


An Open Heart Allows Blessings to Flow showcases the work of Atlanta native Claire Lewis Evans.

Evans works with a variety of media and materials, but in recent years she has made sculpture her primary creative focus.

An Open Heart features colorful, large-scale mobiles made of physically real, handcrafted materials such as mulberry paper and bamboo.

These hovering sculptures serve as tangible reminders to seize the day and are intended to be observed in person, in motion.


This instillation opens June 2nd and will hang in the Museum until the end of the year. See more from Claire Lewis Evans at http://clairelewisevans.com.



Artist Statement

Art-making is a process of inquiry and discovery. I experiment and play with compelling physical materials and formal elements as a way of exploring and experiencing the world. My creative process is a dance of manifestation as works develop, evolve, and decay in time and space. There may be false starts, unexpected turns, and surprise destinations, but the making is a continual journey through material, method, and form. It is both a grounding and dynamic pursuit.

Making art is also an assertion of hope, a way to cultivate purpose, grace, and delight in a troubled world. While I endeavor to make work with aesthetic, intellectual, and physical integrity, a more personal goal is to make art infused with vitality and presence—qualities that make themselves felt. Art is a mirror that reflects and reveals our existence as living beings on this planet. I want to touch and move, to connect and participate in the exchange of creative expression that has given so much meaning, depth, and flavor to my life.

As creations, my work is made to be experienced. It is meant to cultivate attention and awareness; as such, it offers the possibility of being present in the moment and forming a deeper connection between the beholder, the environment, and the world.


Claire Lewis Evans is an artist and writer from Atlanta, Georgia, currently residing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She works with a variety of media and materials, but sculpture has been her primary creative focus in recent years. Her work has been the focus of several solo exhibits including Here We AreActualitiesPassages, and Signs of Life, an outdoor public art project created in partnership with Black Belt Bamboost, a grass roots advocacy group. Her work has been featured in numerous juried, invitational, and group exhibits throughout the U.S., and has received awards from jurors including John Henry, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, and Miranda Lash.

Claire Lewis Evans was a founding co-director of The Grocery, an artist-run studio, exhibit, and experimental performance space that made life in West Alabama much more interesting during its operation. She currently works and teaches at The University of Alabama and teaches art with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, based at Auburn University. She holds an MFA in studio art from the University of Alabama, as well as an MA in communication and a BFA in studio art from Georgia State University.


PWL’s INK ONLY: Call for Entries

Call for Entries — Paper Workers Local — INK ONLY

Paper Workers Local is hosting their first juried exhibition in partnership with UAB’s Department of Art and grant support from the Alabama Council on the Arts.

The juror for this show is amazing printmaker and UAH professor of art Katie Baldwin.

First Prize: $300 plus a solo show at Paperworkers Local in the following 12 months.

From the PWL website:

“PaperWorkers Local is a 501(c)(3) non-profit artists’ co-operative established in the summer of 2013 in Birmingham Alabama. Our mission is to enable and nurture the making, exhibition, and appreciation of original fine art prints and works of art on and of paper. We do that by building community among Birmingham’s printmakers, providing professional quality studio and exhibition space and by providing workshops at all levels.”
For more information, contact PaperWorkersLocal@Gmail.com.

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