Florida’s First Highwaymen is an exhibition featuring the artists who first began the group later identified as “Highwaymen”. The story of how an established, popular, white landscape painter A.E. "Bean" Backus taught two young black men, Alfred Hair and Harold Newton, to paint in Fort Pierce, Florida, in the late 1950's and early 1960’s, and the impact socially and culturally. Those artists met and taught others to paint in the core group, some of whom also studied with Backus, including Mary Ann Carroll, Sam Newton and James Gibson. At that time, black artists were not permitted to exhibit and sell work in galleries, nor were they represented in any museum - even the art of landscape painting itself was seen as a "white" venture at the time. Yet these young painters learned to paint landscapes and earned a living selling paintings along roadsides, in private homes, and parking lots. Gadsden Arts is borrowing work from the A.E. Backus Museum of Art and several private collections. Programming included guided tours provided at no charge (please call 627-5023 to schedule), complimentary Audio Tours, and a downloadable catalog.
A.E Backus Museum of Art • Peggy Brady • Annette Cowart • Regina Davis
Zoe Golloway • Julie and Hal Lewis • Sheree and David Porter • Elaine and Bob Woodward
Damfino's Cafe and Market • Sandy Higdon • McMillan Design • Dean Mitchell
Nancy Adams • Anne Draper • Juliane Hackney • Ranie Thompson
Vanishing Florida: A Visual Story of Florida’s Lost Wilderness and History showcases Kevin Boldenow’s passion for photography and Florida. The award winning photographer is inspired by the density and drama of the Florida landscape and uses primarily black and white film “to capture the myriad textures and details found on the overwhelmingly verdant landscape”.
Members of the Chattahoochee Decorative Artists Group are exhibiting work in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. Artists included in this exhibition are: Maryalice Baumann, Lann Boyd, Sharon Foulk, Patsy Justice, George New, Joretta Parker, Donna Brown-Porter, Judith Reeder, Lisa Revells, Wanda Sapp, and Linda Sellers.
On display is the third of four 2017 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Nancy Adams, Penny G. Anderson, Edward Babcock, Sandy DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Shirley Dyal, Rosemary S. Ferguson, Howard Ferstler, Carole Fiore, Neil Fletcher, Brenda Francis, Terry Hawkins, Brenda Bethay Martin, William McKeown, Pam McLean, Kent Putnam, Roger Raepple, Don Schneider, Robert DeWitt Smith, and Chuck Stannard. 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 glass, mixed media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and pen & ink. Learn more about the Artists Guild here.
Vernacular artists have often been marginalized as other than “fine” artists through distinctions like folk, outsider, naive, primitive, self-taught, or visionary. However, their expressive designs contain powerful messages about personal tragedy, faith, struggle, injustice, community, and individuality. “Vernacular art” refers to the visual language expressed by artists living in the south, whose art is deeply rooted in their environment, and who have little to no art education or schooling, or outside influences on their artistic style. This exhibition of works from the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Permanent Collection features art by five Florida Vernacular artists: Alyne Harris, Mary L. Proctor, O.L. Samuels, Ruby Williams, and Purvis Young.
The Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. The founders of the Art in Gadsden exhibition, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh, wanted to bring fine art to Gadsden County, foster the careers of local artists and draw the community together through this special event. Beginning in 1989, Art in Gadsden was displayed in empty downtown storefronts in Quincy, all put together and organized by a dedicated and all volunteer community. The juror for the 29th Art in Gadsden is Audra Pittman, Executive Director of the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA).
The deadline to submit an application for the 29th Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art has passed. Contact Curator Angie Barry if you'd like to be added to the artists list for next year.
Kenneth Falana's untitled collage (below) was selected for the 2016 Art in Gadsden poster. Posters are for sale in the Gadsden Arts Museum Shop. Click here to view the award winners from last year.
Gadsden Arts will be hosting the Florida Watercolor Society’s 46th annual traveling exhibition that showcases some of the best watercolorists working in Florida today. This exhibition starts at the Coral Springs Museum of art with 100 works, and then the top 35 will travel to Gadsden Arts. Iain Stewart, an internationally known watercolorist and illustrator from Alabama, is the juror. This exhibition of work demonstrates the exciting new directions that artists have taken water media and expands viewers’ perception of traditional watercolor.
Photographer Roger Raepple is known for his long-exposure photographs, which capture scenic places while emphasizing specific elements within them. Long-exposure is a process by which an artist keeps the shutter of the camera open for an extended period of time for each picture, allowing more light to enter the lens. The resulting image captures an additional sense of time passing while the object or scene remains in place. Raepple enjoys experimenting with an array of subjects, genres, and processes to create works which explore a new way to reveal a subject or feeling. He aims to interpret his observations creatively rather than record them as they are.
The Art of Glass and Fire will introduce and educate the visitors to the art and techniques of enameling, the process of fusing glass to metal. For over 30 years, Kathleen Wilcox has been working as a full-time studio artist producing one-of-a-kind enamels on metal. In addition to being a practicing artist, she enjoys teaching private art lessons and holding group workshops in a number of artistic processes and mediums. This exhibition will showcase the work of Wilcox and several of her accomplished students including Camille Patton, Terrie Corbett, Teresa Rever, Lynda Hartnig, Emoryette McDonald, Kathy Burnett, and Jaye Houle.
Chinese master of oriental brush painting and calligraphy, Liu Nan has created a series of life-sized figurative oil paintings that reflect on his experiences working on the Florida A & M University campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Nan draws inspiration for his works from his subjects’ assertion of self and individuality, which are visually expressed through bold clothing and varied accessories. He focuses on portraying his observations of students’ connectivity within their campus lives; many of his figures are using their cellphones or other technology devices in lieu of connecting interpersonally with the other students in their surroundings. Liu Nan’s artwork have been exhibited and collected across the United states among public institutions, museums, galleries, and private patrons.
With extensive study under notable instructors and years of dedications to his craft, John Isaacs focuses his skills on rendering images of wildlife. In keeping true to his belief that art is a vehicle for self-expression, Isaacs aims to capture wildlife in his surrounding world and portray each scene in his own unique and creative way.
Although Suzanne Edwards Doddridge began her career in watercolor, she now mainly works with pastels and oil paints. She draws inspiration for her works from the picturesque landscapes of her youth here in Gadsden County, Florida, as well as North Carolina, where she currently resides.
B’Rael Ali utilizes mixed media in his drawings and paintings which feature figurative narratives about the African American experience. His work combines the concepts of urban life, history, and social commentary in order to achieve a message of identity and ancestry within the African American community. B’Rael’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and a number of his pieces have been sold to private collections.
Best in Show
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Kathleen Wilcox, Swamp Gems: 12 Birds, 2014, enamel
Sara May Love Gallery, Zoe Golloway Gallery, Munroe Family Community Gallery
The Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. The founders of the Art in Gadsden exhibition, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh, wanted to bring fine art to Gadsden County, foster the careers of local artists and draw the community together through this special event. Beginning in 1989, Art in Gadsden was displayed in empty downtown storefronts in Quincy, all put together and organized by a dedicated and all volunteer community. Twenty-eight years later, the 2016 Art in Gadsden exhibition features 93 works by 75 artists who were accepted from a record number of applications. Works range from realism to abstraction, created by artists living within 200 miles or former Gadsden County residents, working in varied mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, wood, glass, clay, photography, collage, and encaustic.
The award winners were selected by juror, Carrie Ann Baade, allegorical artist and FSU painting professor.
Kenneth Falana's untitled 2016 collage has been selected for the 2016 Art in Gadsden poster. Posters are for sale in the Gadsden Arts Gift Shop.
Mark and Patsy Bates, Richard S. Corry, Nesta and Tom Cumbie, John Shaw and Janice Curry, Mark and Martha Fletcher, Scott and Judy Gregory, Laura and David Harris, John and Emily Higdon, Alex and Jane Hinson, Bradley and Melanie Joyner, Charlotte Kelley, Stewart and Becky Parsons, Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers, Bob and Meredith Smith, Adelaide Suber, Otey and Susan Walker, James and Medora Wester, Pat & Mary Jane Woodward
Artists accepted into the 28th Art in Gadsden: Ramona Abernathy-Paine, Susan Allen, Penny G. Anderson, Mary Apple, Beth Appleton, William Barton, Matthew Brady, Debra Brienen, Randy Brienen, Marina Brown, Mayea Buchanan, Jennifer Clinard, Terrie Corbett, Virginia Coultas, Barbara Craig, Evelyn Davis, Sandy DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Anne G. Draper, Michelle Eccles, Kenneth Falana Sr., Kathy Ferrell, Fred Fisher, Brenda Francis, Debbie Gaedtke, Phil Gleason, Terry Hawkins, Anne Hempel, Sharon Hester, J. William Hill, Alexander Hinson, Marty Holland, Pamela Houmere, John R.L. Isaacs XV, Stuart Johnson, Todd Jones, Duke Kraai, Nan Liu, Mary Jane Lord, Jennifer Lowery, Brenda Bethay Martin, Nancy Maudlin, D. Arthur McBride, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Richard McDowell, Roxane McGinniss, William McKeown, Dawn McMillan, Linda Menke, Yoshiko Murdick, Rachel Murray, Lesley Nolan, Mary Owen, Linda Pelc, Gale Poteat, Betsy Purdum, Kent Putnam, Lugenia Dixon Reynoso, Eluster Richardson, Susan Richardson, Jane Segrest, Karol Dover Selvaggio, Robert DeWitt Smith, Byron Spires, Karen Stewart, Mikiko Tanaka, Don Taylor, James Thigpen, Anne A. Thrash, Cassie Tucker, Walt Wager, Tim White, Kathleen Wilcox, Lynn Wilson, and Harris Wiltsher.
Carrie Ann Baade is known for her allegorical oil paintings. These painted parables combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque imagery, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. As a contemporary painter, she returns to the relevant moments in art history in order to reclaim them, not merely as a quotation of a theme or an image, but also as the materiality of methods and techniques that ultimately create them.
Carrie was awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005, and was nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions: the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Artists Guild is a service group of Gadsden Arts, Inc. that exists to serve the art community and artists of the region, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum membership, and Gadsden County Schools through exhibitions and educational presentations.
This level membership is open to all emerging to established artists in the region.
Artists Guild membership dues are $125 per year.
Work (1-2 pieces) shown in 2 Artists Guild exhibitions throughout the year
Exhibit work in a solo exhibition at the Gadsden County Commissioners’ Office (9 East Jefferson St.)
Gadsden Arts receives a 30% commission on works sold (instead of 40%) in Artists Guild installations (does not apply to Museum Shop items or Out of Pocket exhibitions)
A Family Membership to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum (Artists with memberships that have been renewed within the last 6 months pay the difference)
Publicity opportunities through Gadsden Arts monthly Enews and website
Access to the Gadsden Arts Artists Guild online Portal
Guild members agree to lend their expertise as artists to Gadsden Arts once each year, either by offering an educational presentation for the public/schools/families, by assisting with exhibition preparation, or by assisting with an exhibition opening reception.
Membership dues and contact information must be current (this is the artist-member’s responsibility).
Artists must furnish works for exhibition upon request, or may lose their spot in the artist exhibition rotation.
All work must be provided ready to install/hang, properly mounted or framed, with wire for hanging (no clips or sawtoothed hangers).
All work for exhibition is accompanied by a Loan Agreement and W-9 form.
Each artist is responsible to bring/ship artwork to and from Gadsden Arts.
Contact Curator Angie Barry by email or (850) 627-5021.
Thank you so much for your interest in exhibiting your artwork at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. We have several ways for artists to exhibit with us:
1) Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Artists Guild: This $125/year membership includes: a Family membership to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, an opportunity to exhibit artwork in 2 Guild exhibitions in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's Bates Community Room Gallery, an opportunity to exhibit in a satellite space, a reduced commissioned fee (70/30 instead of 60/40), and a chance to participate in any educational critiques or presentations we offer.
Click here to learn more.
2) Gadsden Arts Museum Shop: The shop is dedicated to displaying original work and reproductions by local artists and artisans with the hope that the visitor will find items which reflect the culture and heritage of the area to take away with them. Art books, exhibition catalogues, jewelry and items for children are also for sale. Artists must be a member of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum at some level and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum takes a 40% commission on sales. Contact our Gift Shop Manager Becky Reep on Saturdays: 850.627.5023.
3) Annual Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art: Artists living within 200 miles of Quincy, Florida, or a former Gadsden County resident, are invited to apply to participate in the annual Art in Gadsden: a regional exhibition of fine art at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. Opening every fall, this exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, showcasing art from over 50 selected artists. New and returning, established and emerging artists are welcome to apply. The information for the 29th Art in Gadsden in 2017 can be found here. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
4) Apply to exhibit in the 1st floor gallery spaces: The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum invites artists and/or groups to apply to exhibit in its 1st floor exhibition spaces. All artists or institutions wishing to exhibit must submit the Exhibition Proposal Form which requires at least 10-20 quality images as examples of the work to be included in an exhibition, a biographical sketch, and a resume including a list of past exhibits, awards, collections, and bibliography. Artists are encouraged to exhibit a new body of work. Proposals may be submitted at any time either by mail, email or in person, but ALL parts of the proposal must be included.
Complete proposals are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee every 3 months. Artists are asked to not inquire about the status of an application. Notifications will be sent to artists/groups as soon as decisions are made. Exhibitions are scheduled 24-36 months in advance. The Exhibition Committee will not accept applications from artists who have exhibited at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum within 5 years, unless it is a new body of work. For all major exhibitions (group exhibitions and Art in Gadsden excluded), artists agree to not have a large/solo exhibition of the same work anywhere within 200 miles of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum within 3 years preceding their exhibition at Gadsden Arts. Exhibitions are generally open for 11 weeks but that time may vary. Please note, no shipping, transportation, housing, materials allowance, or honorariums are provided to the artist/ender unless otherwise specified on the exhibition acceptance letter. Exhibiting artists are responsible for shipping/delivery and pick up of artwork or must arrange for, and cover, shipping costs. Click here to download the Exhibition Proposal Form in Word, and here as a PDF.
5) Munroe Family Community Gallery: A new gallery space that opened in 2016 features regional artists in our community working in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 1-2 month exhibition slots. The space is designed to be a learning opportunity for artists, with the opportunity to work directly with Gadsden Arts Center & Museum staff to learn about preparing artwork for exhibition, installing, lighting, and labeling. Download more information about the Munroe Family Community Gallery and the Exhibition Application here.
Curator Angie Barry by email or 850.627.5021.
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