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.
Under the Tapper Bridge is a series of black and white silver gelatin photographs by Jimmy Nicholson documenting the local residents and visitors who come under the Tapper Bridge in Highland View, Florida. Nicholson’s love affair with photography originally began in 1972 with a visit to the Northwood Mall where he stumbled upon the portrait studio of Richard Parks. Parks’s dramatic, razor sharp, black and white photographs inspired Nicholson to adapt a style of his own. Years later, on a visit to the George 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.
On view in both the Zoe Golloway Gallery and Munroe Family Community Gallery, this exhibition will present the visual conversations between the artists belonging to the Ten Artists, Ltd. group, begun in 1985. The works by Rene Lynch, Susan Allen, Mary Apple, Jennifer Clinard, Wendy Devarieux, Rosemary Ferguson, Nina Freeman, Judy Nable, Bev Sipos and Pam Talley in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and mixed media, will explore the individual's response to place, memory and life experience.
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.
Tallahassee based artist Linda Hall will create a site-specific installation in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. Hall is a mixed media artist, working with papier-mâché, clothing scraps, beads and sometimes, animal teeth to create her sculptures. She gifts the forgotten materials a second life in which they house the spirit of her work. With her installations, she seeks to explore the mystery between animal and human. Hall wants to remind us all of our relationship to the natural world and remind us of our roots.
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