34th Art in Gadsden images

July 29–September 3, 2022

This year, the 34th annual juried exhibition features 94 works of art by 80 regional artists. This exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region to enjoy recent art by top artists. New and returning, established and upcoming artists submit work for review by the selection committee, and the resulting exhibition spans virtually all mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and serigraph.

The founders of the Art in Gadsden exhibition, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh, wanted to bring fine art to Gadsden County, foster the careers of local artists, and draw the community together through this special event. Beginning in 1989, Art in Gadsden was displayed in empty downtown storefronts in Quincy, organized by a dedicated and all volunteer community. This exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, and is an exciting opportunity for regional artists to share their work, and for Gadsden Arts to celebrate the creativity within our community.

34th Art in Gadsden Juror: Mark Dickson

Mark Dickson

The juror for the 34th Art in Gadsden is sculptor Mark Dickson. While the Gadsden Arts Exhibition Committee scores and selects the artwork submitted to the exhibition, the juror selects the award winners. 

Mark Dickson's work is collected throughout the Southeast in public and private collections, and he has public sculpture on display in Universities and colleges in North Florida and South Georgia. Working with multiple metals, Dickson uses tight design and light abstraction and the use of pigments and patinas to bring to life his beautiful sculptures. The artist refers to his work as "ancient futurism," modern work that represents as artifacts from the distant past. Mark Dickson was born and raised in California, and eventually made his home in Tallahassee with his wife. He is a full time artist and maintains a working sculpture studio in Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art District.

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Best in Show
First Place
Second Place
Third Place

Award Winners

Best in Show

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Joe Johnson, Time Travel, 2022, oil on canvas, 60 x 42 inches

Joe has a way of interpreting life through his paintings unlike anything I have seen. His dramatic use of color, his grasp on abstract suggestion and bold geometry induce a feeling of excitement and joy. The dynamism that emanates from his canvas grabs the viewer from across the room and demands attention. Upon deeper inspection of his work one is drawn into a world of excited frenetic energy, of sound, light, music and pure adrenaline. At once a recognizable place and at the same time a mysterious expression of the artist’s innermost world.

~Mark Dickson, Juror

1st Place

Daybreak Over the Waccasassa River

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Jeff Ripple, Daybreak over the Waccasassa River, 2021, oil on linen mounted on board, 36 x 24 inches

2nd Place

Mule Barn Trilogy by Charles Williams

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Charles Williams, Mule Barn Trilogy, 2022, archival digital print, 14 x 20 inches

3rd Place

Billiards Room by Phil Gleason

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Phil Gleason, Billiards Room, 2020, mixed media miniature infinity, 12 x 16 x 25 inches

Honorable Mention

Lucrezia Bieler, Birdwatching, 2021, single sheet of black paper cut with scissors, 9 x 7 inches

Honorable Mention

Mary Jane Lord, Autumn Peaks, 2021, handwoven tapestry, 24 x 16 inches

Artists Accepted into the 34th Art in Gadsden

Ramona Abernathy-Paine

Mina Akbari

Michael Alfano Jr

Sherry Allen

Natalia Andreeva

Beth Appleton

Marylou Athorn

J. Victoria Bailey

Barbara Balzer

Stephen Bennett

Lucrezia Bieler

Matthew Brady

Randy Brienen 

Debra Brienen

Marina Brown

Deborah Bullock

Gwendolyn Chrzanowski

Jennifer Clinard

Terrie Corbett

Sara Crayton

Fran Dellaporta

Wendy Devarieux

Anne Draper

Judith Ehrhardt

Joyce Estes

Kenneth Falana

Kathy Ferrell

Carole Fiore

Brenda Francis

Thomas Friedman

Debbie Gaedtke

Mark Georgiades 

Scott Geraci

Phil Gleason

Sal Guastella

Lucy Harris

Terry Hawkins

Sharon Hester

Alexander Hinson

Bill Humphries

Joe Johnson

Duke Kraai 

Mary Sterner Lawson

Seana Leah

Roger Leonard

Mary Jane Lord

Claudia Maggard

David Maki

Meredith Maloney

D. Arthur McBride

Janice Ecinja McCaskill

Larry McIntosh

William McKeown

Yoshiko Murdick

Jimmy Nicholson

Lesley C S Nolan

Kathy Pilkenton

Roger Raepple

Monica Rios

Jeff Ripple

Joe Roache

Ann Robinson

Brittney Rollins

Frederick Sanguiliano

Eric Sapronetti

Susan Sapronetti

Harry Savage

Robert DeWitt Smith

Jenny Swearingen

Dan Taylor

Don Taylor

Laurie Tenace

Joel Thornton

Russ Traver

Rhiana Tucker

Walter Wager

Kathleen Wilcox

April Williams

Charles Williams

Harris Wiltsher