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,


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:






Cyanotype Workshop

Drawing with Light: The Blue Print Cyanotype Workshop

Join the Gadsden Museum of Art in welcoming Tuscaloosa artist Sarah Ann Austin in her hands-on cyanotype workshop, an excellent way to learn the traditional approach to one of the first photographic printmaking processes.

July 9, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks provided; bring lunch.


Austin’s cyanotype process uses traditional techniques and chemicals designed to create unique, one of a kind, handcrafted prints dating back to the invention in 1842 by Sir Jon Herschel. The workshop will introduce some basic photo/printmaking techniques as well as advanced methods for further exploration on paper and Fabric. We will cover how to create the chemical solutions and start printing. Students will walk away with a number of paper prints and fabric prints along with the knowledge to continue to print in their own studios and homes.

Cyanotype chemistry and a limited supply of paper are included. You will be asked to bring objects from your home, flowers from your garden, fabric you may want to print on or make a print with, found objects that are approximately the size of a 5×7 image or slightly larger. NOTE: Your objects will not be ruined or damaged in the printing process unless you decide to print on your fabric!

Additional specialty handmade cotton and native fiber papers will be available for purchase from Sarah Ann’s own handmade paper collection for $5 per sheet.

This is an all ages all levels workshop; participants are expected to have no prior knowledge of the photographic process only a certain amount of enthusiasm for image making! Enrollment is limited to ensure one-on-one attention.

Victorian Fairy Garden


Create a Victorian Fairy Garden during First Friday on June 3 at the GMA from 5 to 7 p.m. FLD Garden Shop will teach the class.

This class is for all skill levels, so if you’re new to fairy gardening, we’ll help you get started from scratch. If you already have a fairy garden and you’d like to develop it further, bring it along and we’ll help you change and grow it in creative new ways.

Fairy gardening is a hobby that dates back hundreds of years, but it has recently been experiencing a surge of popularity as a fun way to build elaborate gardens on a small scale. Adults and children alike are getting swept up in the whimsical, imaginative art of building tiny habitats to accommodate their playful, mischievous fairy friends.

There is a $15 Registration Fee which covers soil, moss, and glass beads. Class limit is 15 people. Bring your own container or pick from FLD’s selection. You will also pick out your fairy accessories and plant(s) to create your own price point.

Register online or call FLD at 256-442-1060. Space is limited!