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.
In every way, every day, we humans create poems. Visual, auditory, literary and musical...sometimes, merely the act of being alive is sufficient to be a truly 'human poem.' Marina Brown dissects this exhibition into two groupings. The first is Dance: whether occurring in the street, on a stage, across a bridge, in a barnyard, or a church—or simply within a lover's heart—the feelings are the same. A pounding, a pulsing, the quickening of the rhythm of life that joins people from around the world, the young and old, in a never-ending dance—a visual poem. The second is Portraits: some formal, some evocative, one mysterious, two tender. For Brown, the exploration of the soul through the faces of people of every permutation, stripe and age is poetry on display; the unabashed act of self-presentation. A human poem of courage. Brown has also published poetry books that are available for sale in the Gadsden Arts Museum Shop.
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.
Under the Tapper Bridge is a 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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