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.

 


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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