From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting 1830s to Today is an exploration of the rich tradition of quilting in our local Big Bend community, spanning several generations and cultures to celebrate the beloved art of quiltmaking. For two years, a committee of local quilters and quilt collectors and the Gadsden Arts curator researched and identified historic to contemporary quilts in private and public collections across several counties in North Florida. Several of the quilts have been completed by multiple family members over a period of decades as patterns were passed down to younger generations. This exhibition discusses the story of an art form that was utilitarian, uniquely cultural, and inherently social, that bridges gaps between generations and finds commonalities between cultures. Visit the exhibition page to learn more and see upcoming events.
This exhibition presents 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 a 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.
On display is the last of four 2019 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Wendy Adams, Susan Allen, Natalia Andreeva, Deborah Bullock, Kathy J. Ferrell, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Jill Quadagno, Frederick Sanguiliano, III, Don Schneider, Karol D. Selvaggio, Mary Liz Tippin-Moody, and Tim White. 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.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is excited to present its newest exhibition Roots, featuring works from the museum’s Permanent Collection by some of our local artists. The North Florida region is home to a great many visual artists, and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is honored to preserve and collect their work. Over half of the works included have never been on display in the Gadsden Art Center & Museum before, making Roots a compelling exhibition for all visitors of the museum. Roots features work by several well known artists from the region, including Dean Mitchell, Beth Appleton, and Joe McFadden. To learn more about the works on display, visit the exhibition page.
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