Current Exhibitions

Dawn McMillan: Captured Moments

September 11 - December 11, 2021
Munroe Family Community Gallery
Dawn McMillan moves away from past figurative and narrative paintings and drawings to explore in this new work landscapes centered on fleeting moments of light and circumstance. Whether it’s the sunset after a storm that bathes everything in a golden glow, or the stillness of deep, dark reflections on a pond at twilight, all scenes are meant to evoke a feeling of peace, serenity and awe. This series of paintings and drawings began at the start of the pandemic and continued throughout a year of isolation and a time of focus on nature and the briefness of a perfectly lit scene. Shadows cast on a clapboard house; bare tree silhouettes against a pale, pastel winter sky; brilliant reds and oranges of a crisp autumn day; the light at the end of a rhododendron tunnel; all are translations of exploration of nature by the artist and meant to be evocative, timeless and everlasting. Image: Dawn McMillan, Relic, pastel, 12 x 9 inches.

Art Talk Live! with Dawn McMillan

Thursday September 16, 1:00pm on Zoom
Join Quincy artist Dawn McMillan and Angie Barry, Curator for a live virtual Art Talk to discuss the exhibition Captured Moments, on display in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. Topics will include her McMillan’s childhood art influences, the different series she has created over several decades, and her progression as an artist to where her work is today. 

Lost Brother by Kathy Ferrell

Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

September 4 - December 4, 2021 
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the last of four 2021 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild, now numbering over 70 members! On display is work by Tom Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Erin Bowen, Kathleen Cody-Guastella, Kathy Ferrell, Sal Guastella, John R. L. Isaacs, XV, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Karol D. Selvaggio, Chuck Stannard, Karen Stewart, Tom Strazulla, Jenny Swearingen, and Mary Liz Tippin-Moody. Image: Kathy Ferrell, Lost Brother, 2021, oil, 20 x 16 inches. Image: Kathy Ferrell, Lost Brother, 2021, oil, 20 x 16 inches.

Permanent Collection:
Spotlight on Women

February 13 - December 23, 2021
Bates Permanent Collection Gallery

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is excited to celebrate the creativity of eight women artists represented in the museum’s Permanent Collection in thirteen paintings and sculptures by women from the Southeastern United States. From the expressive paintings of Mary T. Smith to the intricate explosions of color in Beth Appleton's paper assemblages, to a carved root sculpture by Bessie Harvey, this exhibition highlights artwork across many mediums by women artists in our region. Artists included in this exhibition are: Beth Appleton, Virginia Coultas, Alyne Harris, Bessie Harvey, Sara May Love, Mary T. Smith, Ruby Williams, and Suzanna Winton.