Spirit of the Land

I recently created two new intimate paintings on silk I wanted to share with you. They are for the invitational art exhibit: “Spirit of the Land: Small Scale Images of the Georgia Landscape” opening tonight(!) at the State Botanical Gardens at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

                             Tybee Island, Chatham County, Ga. 2012. 10”x10” (Sold!)

                         Kennedy Road Beaver Pond, Oconee County, Ga. 2012. 10”x10”

The Tybee Island piece is a quiet design using only three colors to express the quietness of walking alone on the beach, taking in the the smell of the ocean and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.

The Kennedy Road Beaver Pond is within walking distance of my house, and we marvel at the beauty of the grasses, the pond, the fields and the hills. I’ve loosened up my style with this painting, encouraged by the curator’s instruction to describe the natural wonders of our state.  

Here is more information from the publicity for the event:

The Athens Land Trust and the Oconee River Land Trust are proud to present the 2012 Spirit of the Land Art Exhibit and Sale! The opening reception for this year’s art exhibit and sale will be held Tuesday, August 7th, beginning at 5:30 pm at the State Botanical Garden Visitors Center Gallery. Dr. Paul A. Manoguerra, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the C.L. Morehead Jr. Center for the Study of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, will provide perspective and insight in a gallery talk beginning at 7:00 pm; refreshments will be provided.

According to exhibit curator, Dr. Manoguerra, works selected for this exhibition have found inspiration in our state’s natural wonders and landscapes. However, the works will also be presented in small formats, marked by an intensity of vision and a familiarity of the subject matter in execution. Hans Hoffman once stated, “A small picture format may be much more living, much more leavening, stirring, awakening than square yards of wall space.” The small-scale images in the display will also permit viewers to thoughtfully and intimately experience the Georgia landscape. 

Works of art by many talented artists will be on display and for sale, including art by: Margaret Agner, Matt Alston, June Ball, Elizabeth Barton, Toni Carlucci, Sally Coenen, Larry Forte, Philip Juras, Dianne Penny, Mary Porter, and René D. Shoemaker. The art exhibit and sale will run from August 5th through September 9th, 2012. The artists will receive 50% of the purchase price, and 20% each of the proceeds will go to Athens Land Trust and the Oconee River Land Trust, with the remaining 10% going to the State Botanical Garden. Purchases can be made at the State Botanical Garden Visitors Center Gallery or by calling Athens Land Trust at 706-613-0122 or Oconee River Land Trust at 706-552-3138.

The State Botanical Garden is located at 2450 S. Milledge Avenue. Click here to view the map. I won’t be attending the opening reception, as I’ve been out of town for over two weeks, but you’ll be hearing about that adventure very soon!