On display is the last of four 2018 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work Wendy Adams, Susan Allen, Fran Buie, Virginia Coultas, Suzanne Doddridge, Joyce Estes, Kathy Ferrell, Barbara Lay, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Linda Pelc, Jill Quadagno, Fred SanGuiliano, Susanne Taranto, Mary Elizabeth Tippin-Moody, Tim White, and Paul Wingler. The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Artists Guild was formed to provide an opportunity for local and regional artists to exhibit their artwork year-round, participate in educational seminars and critiques, and volunteer their time helping with Gadsden Arts fundraising events and educational programming. The Guild has over 50 members who live throughout the region and work in a variety of mediums including mixed media, fiber oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and pen & ink. Learn more about the Artists Guild here.
Nine significant works on paper by the most famous American Southern Vernacular artist, Thornton Dial, Sr., are on display in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Bates Permanent Collection Gallery. While Dial’s large-scale assemblages and sculptures have gained much attention, his drawings and paintings on paper have a particularly unifying style and concentration of subject matter. Most of these works feature women, often with an animal, like a tiger, fish, or bird, and speak to the relationships between men and women. His drawings are lyrical with female forms floating in space, twisting around tigers, executed in bold out-of-the-tube watercolors, or in soft charcoal and pencil lines. In his 2011 book exclusively about Dial’s works on paper, Bernard L. Herman writes that the first quality a viewer perceives when encountering Dial’s drawings, “is movement at once balletic and ballistic, where dance and power coalesce.” Learn more about Thornton Dial's work here.
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