The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum has a gallery space on its 2nd floor dedicated to exhibiting art by local artists in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 2 month exhibition slots. The space is designed to be a learning opportunity for artists, with the opportunity to work directly with Gadsden Arts staff to learn about preparing artwork for exhibition, installing, lighting, and labeling. Download the application here for more information.
Questions? Contact Curator Angie Barry at (850) 627-5021.
Marina Brown creates dynamic watercolor and pastel works that focus on African American life and culture. Within both her portraiture and more narrative pieces, vibrancy, color, and movement are elements that she parallels to the African American experience and African diaspora. These qualities transcend into her subjects and their environments. Her paintings of dancing figures, Honky Tonks, praise services, and farm and home life produce the same rhythm and harmony that she reflects was present in her experience as a dancer in her early life.
This exhibition of Lisa Qualls' work is comprised of two portrait groupings and an installation. One portrait grouping is from Qualls’ ongoing “Southern Portrait Project”. Qualls travels across the South from North Carolina to Texas meeting people, photographing them and recording their stories. This exhibition will include a select grouping of portraits executed in graphite on claybord. These are monochromatic, almost photo-realistic drawings, with minimal backgrounds.
The second portrait grouping is suite inspired by quilters and seamstresses from the Quincy area and from Qualls' family. These are colorful and patterned portraits on panels. Family traditions of pattern design, textile making, dyeing and construction are celebrated by these works.
The installation piece is titled "Duty to Memory". It is inspired by a photo album from the late 1940's from a Quincy area family. The installation is about American rural life; a lifestyle that continues through generations surviving hardships, natural disasters, market cycles and continues to flourish and be sustained despite the many obstacles.
Virginia Coultas’ drawings, paintings, and sculptures reflect her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and teacher. Following her husband Lynn through his work, Ginny has lived in Ghana, Haiti, Guatemala, and Zambia. Reflections of these experiences are present in her paintings, although, her true artistic passion is creating portraits in a variety of media. Celebrating her 90th birthday, this retrospective chronicles her artistic and personal journey dating from the 1950s to present and exemplifies her ability to explore a variety of media including charcoal, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and clay.
This series of black and white silver gelatin photographs by Jimmy Nicholson document the local residents and visitors who come under the Tapper Bridge in Highland View, Florida. Nicholson’s love affair with photography originally began with a visit to the Northwood Mall in 1972 where he stumbled upon the portrait studio of Richard Parks. Taking the inspiration of Parks’ dramatic, razor sharp, black and white photographs led him to adapt a style of his own. Years later, on a visit to the Gorge G. Tapper Bridge, Nicholson was captivated by the number of people engaging in socialization and fishing and felt compelled to document their activities and interactions. Since then, Nicholson has produced dynamic photographs of these unique individuals, opening up a window into their well-rounded personalities.
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