Current Exhibitions

Eluster Richardson: Three Decades

January 14 - March 19, 2022
Sara May Love Gallery

Twenty-five years after his first major exhibition at Gadsden Arts, Eluster returns with paintings and sculptures that represent four important series of his work over three decades. A native of Tallahassee, Richardson began painting in the 3rd grade. Upon retiring from an engineering career, he pursued his passion, painting family traditions and the history, people and places of North Florida. Richardson’s award-winning works have been exhibited across the South and at the Smithsonian.

Reception has been postponed to Friday March 11, 2022

Image: Eluster Richardson, Homeless Joy, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

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Jessica Burke: Dressed Up Bones

January 14 – March 19, 2022
Zoe Golloway Gallery

Jessica Burke is a North Carolina based artist and educator who creates her intricately rendered compositions using a variety of mixed media, from graphite and colored pencil, to watercolor and digital media. Most of the artwork in this collection begins as a watercolor, is scanned into a computer, and manipulated by Burke in a digital program. 

Burke investigates the concept of identity through a person’s thoughts. The underlying theme asserts death as our silent companion to life, and these images are our shadows.

The work in this exhibition was supported by grants to the artist by by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the Arts & Science Council with funding from Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte; and the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, and Rowan counties.
Image: Jessica Burke, A Lie is Often Hidden Between Truths, 2018, colored pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches

In Real Time

January 14 – March 12, 2022
Munroe Family Community Gallery

In today’s fast-moving world, In Real Time invites viewers to pause to appreciate the practice of drawing a human figure from life. In Real Time is an exhibition of art works produced by the Beverly Hills Figure Group of Tallahassee, a group of local artists who meet regularly at the studio on the hills of Beverly Court to practice their craft and share their life drawing skills. The artists included in the exhibition are Natalia Andreeva, Lorraine Clark, Jennifer Clinard, John Felton, Debbie Gaedtke, Barbara Harrison, Nancy Holland, Ann Kozeliski, Gwen Mottice, Charles Pierce, Barbara Psimas, Dorothy Shearn, Beverly Pace Sipos, Mary O. Smith, Nell Stager, Sherry Whitney, and Kristen Yann. Image: Barbara Harrison, Balance, oil, 24 x 20 inches.

True Colors photograph by Inger Avant

Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

December 18, 2021 – March 12, 2022
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the first of four Artists Guild 2022 exhibitions, on view in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's Bates Community Room through March 12. The exhibition presents new work by Nancy Adams, Inger Avant,  Matthew Brady, Terrie Corbett, Sandy DeLopez, Tom DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Carole Fiore, Brenda Francis, Thomas Friedman, Mark Georgiades, Terry Hawkins, Michele Tabor Kimbrough, William McKeown, Pam McLean, Sara Lea Miller, Kent Putnam, Stephen Revell, Cheryl Sattler, and Joel Thornton. The Gadsden Arts Artists Guild offers members the opportunity to participate in quality exhibitions in an art museum setting. 

Artwork by Mary Proctor

Permanent Collection:
Missionary Mary Proctor

Bates Permanent Collection Gallery

I am Just the Messenger is an exhibition of artwork by Missionary Mary L. Proctor from the Gadsden Arts Permanent Collection, private collections, and the collection of the artist. Proctor has been creating her visions in mixed media art for the last 25 years. Proctor has taken it upon herself to be a missionary to the world, using doors as passageways to freedom, peace, and comfort, and instilling her paintings with passages from scripture, and glittering angels. She calls herself “Missionary Mary” and uses a myriad of found materials – buttons, sticks, broken pieces of glass, mirrors, plates – to complete her compositions. For Mary, putting together items that are unwanted or broken represents the process of mending.