Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A.R.T. exhibits local talent

  The Artists Round Table (A.R.T.) presents the Members Exhibit at the Gallery at DuPRE through August 21

A.R.T. is an informal grassroots “resource” organization for all artists including visual, performing, and spoken word artists. The organization’s goal is to provide leadership, funding and business expertise to artists and to connect them with arts organizations and businesses by offering arts-related information. The organization also exists to promote the arts in the Midlands in order to assist the economic development and quality of life in Lexington and Richland Counties.

The participating artists in the Gallery at DuPRE exhibit are all from the Midlands are at various stages in their artistic careers. This exhibit is the first in a series at the gallery showcasing the diversity of the A. R. T. members’ works. The current exhibit includes works by: Sam Compton, Keith Tolen, Jeff Weese, Sandra Carr, Ellin Baskins, Jamie Blackburn, Roger Reed, J.J. Casey, Mercy Clonts, Elsie Fogle and Becky Age.

The works presented offer a great variety of styles and media. Keith Tolen’s canvas titled “The Couple,” for instance, features a young couple staring directly at the viewer. Jamie Blackburn’s work, on the other hand, is less figurative. His large canvas, titled “Floral Passion” portraits a flower bouquet in a vase with very little details and many vivid colors. His other painting, the “Sign Talker,” is an abstract work with two major color blocks and a few smaller details.

Representing realistic southern landscapes at this show, among others, is J.J. Casey’s watercolor giclee print “Wet Kiss,” and Jess Weese’s “Morris Island.” Both paintings reflect upon an enchanting detail of South Carolina, portraying a specific scene at a lake or at the sea just before sunset. The South Carolina native artists all paint a segment of the region they love the most offering the viewer the beauty of the Palmetto State through their eyes.

The exhibited pieces include ceramic sculpture, oil and soft pastels, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, mixed media paintings, acrylic on board and water-based media. The featured landscapes, sculptures, and figurative works can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, August 7 from 5:30 until 9 p.m. at the same location.

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