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Illumination

This juried show ran from Jan 22 - 27. Talk about mood lighting, 3D work and photography were on display. There was even a camera obscura set up in one of the gallery spaces.

Featured Artists:

Laura Eagin
Dick Bjornseth
Derek Scearce
Charlotte Shuber
Ronald Herman Symansky
Kevin Palme
Sadge Moore
Susan Jacobs
Zac Henderson
Scott Chandler
Alicia Blanchard
Jerry Atnip

                       
Ultra Lounge Barbie                                                          Torch
Dick Bjornseth                                                                    copper and glass 
$50                                                                                        Prince Herman       
                                                                                               $3800




              
               The Science of Sleep
               Scott Chandler
               $300

The many approaches to the theme "Illumination" inspired a lot of great work. The 3D works look good lit up or not. And  the photographs go far beyond light paint. They are electrifying. Some are even sexy. The camera obscura was definitely a nice touch to the light exploration of the show.

    

Blind Proxy

This show ran from Jan 29 - Feb 10. 16 artists. 16 squares. 16 visions. This collaboration made for some interesting correlations.

          


Participating Artists:

Aaron Bernard
Daniel C. Boyer
Rae Broyles
Jeff Crisman
Gary Duehr
Steve Elliot
Francine Fox
Benjamin Gardner
Jang Soon Im
Abby Johson
Heather Kirtland
Georgia Landman
Robert Larkin
Nicole Schelsinger
Phillip C. Wells
Lauren Willis 

Here's some close-ups:

          

                   

All different mediums were presented from photography to fibers. A small show, but thought-provoking.





Black Friday

Desotorow skipped the long lines and chaos usually associated with Black Friday. We celebrated the day after Thanksgiving with a juried holiday art show exploring all media.


The featured artists were:

Aaron Alford
William Ashley Anderson
Jennifer Brickey
Lisa Graham
Michael Irrizary-Pagan
Edward R. Jones
CherylMacLean
Kally Malcom
Darion McCoy
Diane Nunez
Audra Osborne
Derek Scearce
Wesley L. Smith
Erika Villarreal

 

       

    "Runner Up" by Jennifer Brickey                                 #14 by Edward Jones, $90
    pen, ink and gouache on paper 24''x24''

    Following photos by Molly Kellam.
   

   



   

People bought gifts and enjoyed great art!

Rhythms of Nature

Event photos by Jessi Gilbert

These photographs by Hong Liu show Savannah and Tybee Island with such warmth and motion that can only be explored through a well maneuvered lens.

   

In Hong's artist's statement, he talks about his inspiration from the motion of his father's paintbrush and the movement of his own body. Looking at these images, you become immersed by nature and how light reflects movement. All of it seems innocent, but well-thought.

                   Moonrise, 24'''x 50," $200     

            
                 Lighthouse, 24''x50," $200   


    
     Pulaski Fort, $200


    
These places, that Savannah residents have seen often are more carefully examined through values and contrast. It's a dance with nature. A show where the only light is the setting sun.

Hong set up an entire ambiance with Chinese music and a pad by the door for signatures with calligraphy pens.

       

The pieces were soothing and exciting. Their size, almost overwhelming. Hong sold many of his pieces in smaller laminated versions for $10 for the art lover on an art school budget.

         













Tsalagi: Cherokee Nation Constructs of Identity through Tourism

This photo series by SCAD photography student Valentina R. Sireech explores life on a Cherokee reservation. From landscapes to portraits, her work unveils all corners of of a world most of us don't know.


event photos by Jessi Gilbert

   
The artist with her work.


   

The walls of the gallery were packed with a line of images, all the same size (20''x16'') and all in dark wooden frames. It was a lot to take in with one walk through. Native American music played to compliment the art and the experience of the culture.

   
  
   


   

Left: "Emissaries on Peace"
Right: "A Young Visitor from Dallas, TX"

The "Young Visitor" image was probably my favorite of the series. After getting to know a culture through all of the photographs previous, you get to see what an outsider looks like, what you might look like. Granted the subject is a 12-year old boy with a smug, almost resistant smile, but the sentiment remains.

   

"A Cherokee Doll and Her Purpose"
These dolls are handmade by the women on the reservation and are sold to people who come to visit. They are each unique in pattern and texture and show some swatches of the beautiful colors of the Native American palette.

These photographs go beyond the clich├ęs are taught in the textbooks and bring a modern eye to people whose ancestors were here long before ours.


Distractions and Reminders

photos by Jessi Gilbert
 
      

This show features mixed media on paper and panels by illustration graduate Benjamin C. Stanley. Many of the subjects are intimate (in size and tone) and at times somber. His illustration-style has a vintage feel, especially with the watercolor and textured paper.

        
 
     


These squares (each $45) each seem like taste of travel. There are close ups of maps and words like "Lost" and "Far from home." Pieced together, this grid of blue and white seem like a documentation of travels.

 
      

                   

The image on the right is layered on top of a book cover, creating a unique aged quality. Some figures are realistic and others are distorted and uncomfortable. While it seems obvious from the name of the show, they all look distracted. It draws you to wonder what the subjects are thinking.

      






Still Moving

These portraits take a second glance. Emily Metzguer's exhibition is a series of video portraits. Still frames with the slightest movement. The wind through the grass, the blink of an eye or  a slight smile. The slight movement is hypnotizing.

People's attentions are getting shorter, and images that move become more enticing. Unfortunately, none of the images capture from the show are animated.     
     
photos by Jessi Gilbert

                                            
 


These moving portraits are slightly eerie, and while the subject are making no grand gestures, a little more of their character is revealed through the movement of their environment.
Go to the artist's Web site to see the portraits like they are meant to be seen, still moving.


SIDA: A story of country conquering an epidemic

Thousands of people in Haiti die every year from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Suzannah Hoover delved herself into the culture and environment of the country in hopes to better understand the people of Haiti in the midst of the epidemic.

Photos by Jessi Gilbert

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Despite their circumstance, the people in the photos look strong, and almost numb to the effects of the disease.

  





The artist and her work.

Statistics show that of the 800,000 people in Haiti in 2008, 120,000 were living with HIV/ AIDS and 7,200 people die from it. Suzannah brings light to this country in trouble.





Show and Tell

Artists around the country came brought their work together for the Show and Tell exhibition featuring narrative work. Whether a dingle image or a series, each piece raised questions and evoked thought. There work was in both spaces.


photos by: Jessi Gilbert





Charles Caldemeyer did a series of 8 encaustic pieces with oil painting called "The Art Grinder."

        



Sara Frankel untitled image captures what looks like intestines in the water beneath people in a lake. A bit disturbing, but intriguing.

     



A wood cut by Mike Stephens, "Old MacDonald Fad a Farm," is full of intricacies that take more than a quick glance to see. With each detail, the plot thickens.

     



It appears as though super heroes' hearts are being switched, a cat is about to be electrocuted and a badger on the ceiling already has.




 
 Elizabeth Kellogg's mixed media piece, "Ruby Slippers" layered antique images as well as text from the book for a collage.












 



One of my personal favorites was Dustin M. Price's mixed media piece "We are Just Fine."

                 

           

The show featured paintings, photographs, collage, wood cut, encaustic and film. The thirteen artists from different states throughout the country all brought their own style and their own story to the show.

Show and Tell is up through Wednesday, October 28.














HIPnotize

Five artists collaborated their visual art and the art of dance. Illustrations, paintings, and some jinglin' and a shakin'. Both representational and abstract pieces have rhythm and movement.



Then came the jinglin' and shakin'.

    

Curvacious women in the images came to life in front of them. Colors exploded from the canvases onto elaborate costumes of sequins and dangling beads.

Now, from the rugs to the walls.



Prints by Alexandra Clotfelter



paintings by Christa Rosenkranz

















 
 

 by Andrea Cooper








 
 pencil drawing by Andrea Boo




by Carie Padgett
 
 These artists' talents extend to 3D mediums with handmade journals and soaps.

             
 


The spread of food wasn't too shabby either


Despite the misty, chilly weather, a substantial crowd came to the show and applauded the belly dancing and the art work.  
  

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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    Monday, December 07, 2009
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    Monday, November 23, 2009
  5. Tsalagi: Cherokee Nation Constructs of Identity through Tourism
    Monday, November 23, 2009
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    Thursday, November 12, 2009
  7. Still Moving
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    Sunday, October 25, 2009
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    Sunday, October 18, 2009

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