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


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.

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.


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