Munroe Family Community Gallery

The Munroe Family Community Gallery is an exhibition space on the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's 2nd floor dedicated to exhibiting art by local artists in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 3 month exhibition slots. The space is designed to be a learning opportunity for artists, with the opportunity to work directly with Gadsden Arts staff to learn about preparing artwork for exhibition, installing, lighting, and labeling. 

Current Exhibition

Terrie Corbett: Beyond the Familiar

March 19 - June 4, 2022

Terrie Corbett has a passion for a unique medium called encaustic - paint produced by combining pigment with hot wax. This ages-old technique, although somewhat difficult to control, is becoming more popular today. It lends itself to luminous color that create vibrant masterpieces like those included in the exhibition, Beyond the Familiar, on display in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. 

Corbett refers to her approach to painting with encaustic as “improvisational, expressive, and intuitive. . . a visual jazz if you will. I feel that my paintings range from exuberant enthusiasm to quiet reflection.” Her compositions are sometimes filled with fluid, tranquil, organic forms, and sometimes create dynamic energy using geometric shapes. Her art offers viewers the opportunity to explore up-close the symphony of colors and unique textures produced by Corbett’s skillful knowledge of working with paint produced with cold and hot wax. This exhibition includes many paintings from her Color of Music series.

Corbett has received countless awards and solo exhibition opportunities for her work, including the first-place prize for an encaustic painting the 32nd Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art in 2020. Image: Terrie Corbett, Singing From the Windows, 2019, oil and wax, 12 x 16 inches.

Art Talk Live! with Terrie Corbett

Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00pm, on Zoom
Gadsden Arts staff and Terrie Corbett discussed her captivating encaustic paintings in her current exhibition. Terrie answered questions about her unique medium and the inspirations for her abstract compositions, most of which are from her Color of Music series. We explored the up-close symphony of colors and unique textures in Corbett’s paintings for a fascinating discussion with this skillful artist.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Ray Alban: Maine to Spain

June 11 - August 27, 2022

Ray Alban brings alive the regional landscapes of his many travels to Europe and throughout the United States in his Impressionistic paintings. He creates his paintings en plein air, or outdoors in nature, celebrating the simple charm of country houses and palm tree-lined waterways, as well as architectural wonders and majestic seascapes. Alban's painterly approach using flickering lines of layered colors produces varied textures and hues in every work. The contrasting cool and warm tones entice the viewer to study the subject matter of each work, revealing the artist's mastery of color harmonies. The painter's education in fine arts studies and successful career in advertising are apparent in his dynamic diagonal compositions. Image: Ray Alban, Gaudi House, Barcelona, Spain, watercolor.

Mary Sterner Lawson: Portrait Studies

September 3 - December 3, 2022

Working in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, clay, and graphite, Mary Sterner Lawson is most known for her portrait sketches, in which the artist uses essential lines to reveal the inner life of her subjects. Lawson effortlessly conveys the nuances of fleeting cultural moments in her works using a pen, graphite, and watercolor, to create clear lines to provide viewers with the sense that they are peering into scenes filled with vitality and movement. She writes of her myriad influences, “my extensive travels, and sincere interest in people, nature, history, literature, archaeology, oral history, small towns, and city scenes has provided me with a wide-ranging foundation... how I observe, interpret, and render the nuances of features and expressions…”. This exhibition enables visitors to observe Lawson’s fresh interpretations of artists, musicians, writers, and events of our time. Image: Mary Sterner Lawson, Chubby Checkers at the Mike, 2011, ink on paper.