The exhibitions at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art this semester pull together an impressive lineup of artists from around the country working in a variety of mediums. The shows address issues that range from abstract concepts of time, perspective and form to contemporary social issues of gender, identity and the effects of mass media.
Two rounds of receptions will be held in September and October, providing an opportunity for artists and viewers to mingle over light refreshments. To supplement the exhibitions, gallery talks and tours will be lead by artists and curators.
“I’ll Be Your Mirror” captures a magical moment when youthful beauty, quirky personalities, creative energy, a flair for thrifting, a penchant for dress-up and musical innovation all collided right here in our dusty little town and forever changed it—and the world.
The Art Rocks Athens Foundation, whose mission is to document and promote Athens' deeply connected art and music scenes' heyday, popped open its offerings for 2015 with a photo exhibit and reception on Friday night.
The Lyndon House Arts Center will host several artists and academic professionals in a symposium on contemporary Southeastern Native American art to compliment the center’s newest exhibition, “Return from Exile,” this Saturday, Aug. 29. “Return from Exile” will remain on view through Friday, Oct. 16, after which it will begin a two-year tour across the U.S. to universities, museums and tribal heritage sites. The symposium will be the only opportunity during the exhibition’s stint at the Lyndon House to meet and hear from the featured artists. Both the symposium and general exhibition will be free and open to the public.
Fantastical creatures populate the canvases of Athens artist James Barsness. His current exhibit at Ciné, which consists of three large-scale, mixed media paintings, opened on Friday, Aug. 21 with a reception. This was well-timed, as viewing his work proved to be the perfect prelude to watching Amy, the documentary directed by Asif Kapidia about singer Amy Winehouse, which is now showing at the independent movie theater.
Viewing Barsness’ painted demons set the stage for watching Winehouse’s inner ones on screen.
The bells kept ringing at the Lyndon House on Thursday night. “Are they making an announcement?” one woman asked me. Nothing ensued, and we were all easily pulled back into our animated conversations. The bells rang again. Eventually the noise of the crowd drowned the ringing out entirely, as hundreds had gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lyndon House Art Center’s Juried Exhibition.
A stillness pervades the works of Cheryl Washburn. The worlds she creates out of oil depict quiet rural settings that are often inhabited by a solitary horse. The clamor of man and development is left behind in these paintings. The soft-spoken artist says, “I’ve always gotten along far better with animals than people, and I have at least a passing acquaintance with all the horses I paint.”
Washburn braved a crowd of people for her opening at Farmington Depot Gallery on Sunday.
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