Sara May Love Gallery - This annual tradition of Gadsden Arts showcases recent art by the area’s top artists and artists new to the region. Now in its 30th year, the Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. 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, all put together and organized by a dedicated and all volunteer community. This exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, showcasing art from 67 selected artists. This is an exciting opportunity for regional artists to share their work and for Gadsden Arts to celebrate the creativity within our community. Visit the Art in Gadsden page to view award winners.
Nearly 20 years ago Jim Miller first experienced the power of high quality super-telephoto lenses and technically sophisticated cameras. The ability to capture images of exquisite wading birds in their habitats, exhibiting spectacular poses and actions, captivated him. Miller thinks of bird photography as satisfying a need to communicate emotion to his viewers. Big birds, and their unique appearance and behaviors, especially when they are depicted close up, intrigue the artist as well as the viewer.
On display is the third of four 2018 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Nancy Adams, Penny G. Anderson, Matthew Brady, Karole Curtis, Wendy Devarieux, Robert Dewitt Smith, Carole Fiore, Terry Hawkins, Michele Tabor Kimbrough, Sandy DeLopez, Brenda Bethany Martin, William Mckeown, Pam McLean , Kent Putnam, Stephen Revell, Chuck Stannard, and Siroos Tamaddoni. 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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