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.

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.


Relics: New Works by Anita Stewart & Amanda Ann Palmer


On display January 21 through March 3, 2017

Opening reception January 21, 2017, 5-7pm

Closing reception March 3, 2017, 5-7pm

Palmer - Pedistals1

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.

Call for entries Focus 2017

2017 FOCUS Photography Exhibition Calendar
March 1: Digital Images, entry form, and entry fee due
March 17: Artist Notifications will be emailed
April 1: All work must be delivered to the museum by 5pm
April 14: through May 29: Exhibition dates
May 5, First Friday: Opening reception
June 9: All work must be picked up or shipped out from the museum.

Official Rules:

Focus is open to all artists working in traditional or digital photography. Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration. Youth ages 14 and younger will be placed in a separate category.

Entries must not exceed 60” inches in any dimension and no entry may be smaller than 8”x 10.” Entries must be framed — sturdy, wired and ready for hanging. NO saw-tooth hangers, staples, or tape allowed. No frames with easel backing will be eligible for consideration. The Gadsden Museum of Art reserves the right to exclude any work not meeting presentation standards.

Entry fee is $10 per submission; three submission limit per person. Payments may be cash, check or money order payable to the Gadsden Museum of Art. No Refunds. All money collected will be used as prize money.

Images of work must be submitted digitally to gmagadsden@gmail.com. A blind jury will be judging your image so keep in mind all images must be high quality. Files must be JPG format 72dpi no more than 750 pixels on the longest side, and labeled ex Smith_John.jpg. Photographs will not be considered until all items are received: Digital images, entry form, and payment. Only winners will be required to fill out a W-9. W-9’s are available at irs.gov or can be picked up at the Gadsden Museum of Art. (If a photographer does not want to fill out a W-9 they will not be eligible for any prize money but will still be allowed to enter show.)

Once all digital images are submitted, a blind jury will review entries and select images for display. All artists will be notified via email regarding the acceptance of their work.

Cash prizes will be given to Best in Show, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention award winners.

Artists are responsible for shipping and dropping off work. The Gadsden Museum of Art will not be responsible for any damage incurred in transit. All work must be shipped or hand-delivered no later than April 1, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. Frames must be wrapped for protection upon delivery.

(To be announced.)

Entry Form: Focus 2017 Entry Form Updated



Grounded by Jennifer Allen


Opening Reception First Friday November 4, 5-7 p.m.

As an artist, I have always found myself in search of home. I longed for somewhere to plant a garden and grow with a family. Along the way I discovered where I wanted my home to be. This summer was spent learning how to build a house with my fiancé. With each new task, struggles and victories followed. While it wasn’t glamorous, it was our opportunity to grow and build a life together. Today, I am grounded. I have found my home. I wanted to plant the garden that would grow from the seeds of our labor. This installation was made from materials that were left over from our home. I manipulated ordinary construction materials into a textural garden that has created an other worldly feel. Welcome to Grounded.

On display in the Leo Reynolds Gallery through mid-January 2017.