Buying art is the same thing as falling in love, said the New York contemporary art gallery owner Nohra Haime, and most collectors would agree. You always remember where you were, why you were drawn to the piece, and the emotions evoked. The stories of how and why art is collected are often as fascinating as the work itself. Gadsden Arts is sharing some of these stories, and the artwork they involve, through an exhibition of 80 works of art borrowed from over 30 private collections. The exhibition is community driven; the collectors chose the pieces that best illustrate their passion for collecting.
The Collector's Choice exhibition catalog contains all of the many stories associated with the works borrowed for this show, and a digital copy is available for free download here or for purchase in the Gadsden Arts Gift Shop for $20.
Lynn Badger, Mark and Patsy Bates, Robin Coleman, Sam and Nell Cunningham, Moritz and Penny Dehler, Steve and Su Ecenia, Mary Howard Edwards, Stan and Carole Fiore, Eleanor Fleming, Sandra Fletcher, Beverly Bonner Frick, Fred and Lucy Harris, John and Emily Higdon, Alex and Jane Hinson, Donald R. Kerr and Jessie Lovano-Kerr, Hal and Julie Lewis, Mark and Kathleen Lindquist, Altha F. Manning, Terence and Antoinette McCoy, William and Sara Ruth McKeown, Leo and Dawn McMillan, Joseph F. Munroe, Eluster and Lessie Richardson, Roger Shields and Jane Berry, Leah Pierson Stoetzel, Marjorie Turnbull, Bob and Elaine Woodward, Mayo M. Woodward, Pat and Mary Jane Woodward, and two Private Collections.
Dan Hooker Construction
On display is the fifth of the six 2016 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Nancy Adams, Penny G. Anderson, Edward Babcock, Wendy Devarieux, Rosemary S. Ferguson, Howard Ferstler, Neil Fletcher, Brenda Francis, William McKeown, Pam McLean, Kent Putnam, Roger Raepple, Robert DeWitt Smith, Chuck Standard, Mary C. Transou. 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 almost 60 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.
Sketches on display by members of the Tallahassee Sketchcrawl. They are part of a larger organization, SketchCrawl, that has people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then share the results in an online forum.
On display at the Gadsden County Commissioners' Office is Messages of Love & Healing: mixed media paintings by Gadsden Arts Artists Guild member, Nancy Adams. See the exhibition at 9 East Jefferson St. The Artists Guild has almost 60 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.
Dowel Bowl, a Mark Lindquist masterpiece, grew out of a challenge presented to Lindquist by Curator Ethan Lasser of the Chipstone Foundation: lay aside your customary set of tools, as a craftsman, and create a work of art using one tool alone. Lindquist initially refused Lasser’s invitation to be one of only 16 artists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada to participate in this project, concerned that he customarily uses a number of tools to complete his work. Ultimately, inspiration struck, and with Lindquist’s creative genius and wry sense of humor, and weeks of meticulous work, Dowel Bowl was born. The tool of choice: a glue applicator. Dowel Bowl has returned to Quincy after touring the United States as a part of The Tool at Hand exhibition, and will join Lindquist’s Ichiboku Group: Mongaku, Natabori, and Yama Uba, on view in the lobby of the Gadsden Arts Center. Learn more at http://www.lindquiststudios.com/Mark_Lindquist_Dowel_Bowl.htm.
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 will feature 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 will be 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 will be for sale in the Gadsden Arts Gift Shop starting October 13th.
Learn more about the exhibition here.
Best in Show: Doug Croley Insurance Services, Inc.
First Place: Capital City Bank
Second Place: Allison House Inn
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 Parson, Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers, Bob and Meredith Smith, Adelaide Suber, Otey and Susan Walker, James and Medora Wester, Pat & Mary Jane Woodward
Out of Pocket features local artists’ original works of art created on a small scale and priced affordably. This exhibition allows more art lovers to collect and give original art as gifts - perfect for the holidays!
For the first time ever, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will exhibit its 38-piece Vernacular Art collection in its entirety at the museum. To round out the exhibition, additional works by Purvis Young, Thornton Dial, and Gee’s Bend Quilts will be borrowed from private collections. The project will bring a powerful cultural experience to people in our community featuring some of the most expressive African American contemporary artwork of the late 20th Century that parallels a collection acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from largely the same source in 2015 and scheduled for exhibition there in 2017. The Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, says of their collection, “It embodies the profoundly deep and textured expression of the African American experience” during a complex historical period in this nation’s history. A major shift in the historic classification and art marketplace valuation of this work came with the Met acquisition, classifying the work as contemporary art. The artists included in this exhibition are exemplars of Vernacular Art – their idiosyncratic work is created using found materials, with a style purely their own, and often incorporates symbolism from the artists’ immediate regional American cultures and more distant African cultural roots. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition catalog, presentations by guest scholars, audio tours and guided tours. Learn more about the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Vernacular Art Collection here.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mary Jane Lord has been weaving in one form or another for over thirty years and says that tapestry allows her the freedom to play with color, texture and imagery. Her current work is about color interaction, both in abstract compositions and in nature studies. Ranging in subject matters, Lord’s work is a unique take on an non-traditional art form.
Art from local East Gadsden High School students will be on display.
Sketches will be on display by members of the Tallahassee Sketchcrawl Group. They are part of a larger organization, SketchCrawl, that has people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling.
Doell West will create an entire living environment filled with her eclectic and colorful art pieces that feature hand painted second-hand furniture offering a feast for the eyes. West’s designs are inspired by the colorful designs painted on “old world” donkey carts, and she prefers to work on reclaimed and neglected pieces. The artist state that “to take a beat up piece of furniture and turn it into a useful piece of functional art is quite satisfying”.
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 three young black men, Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, and James Gibson, 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 George Buckner. 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 Backus Museum, The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and local private collections. Programming will include guided tours, painting workshops, and a lecture from the Director of the Backus Museum about the importance of Bean Backus to these young painters.
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”.
This program was founded with the Art in Gadsden Exhibition, now in its 28th year! Your contribution underwrites the cost of artists’ awards. Awards support deserving artists and encourage quality artist applications to enter the exhibition. Patron Sponsors are invited to join Director’s Circle members at the special Art in Gadsden exhibition preview in October.
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 Artists Guild (GAC 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 guild 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 3 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 Art In Gadsden or other major 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 3 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 almost 100 selected artists. New and returning, established and emerging artists are welcome to apply. The deadline for accepting applications for the 28th Art in Gadsden has passed. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
4) Out of Pocket: a Small Art Exhibition: Every October-December we offer an opportunity to any artists in the area to participate in the Out of Pocket exhibition. The concept for the exhibition is to showcase artists’ works created on a smaller scale or with less expensive materials so that they may be affordably priced, less than $250, and thus accessible to a broader audience. THE 2016 OUT OF POCKET REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
5) 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 (exception: retrospectives). Proposals may be submitted at any time either by mail, email or in person, but ALL parts of the proposal must be included.
The complete proposals are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee every 3-6 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 18-36 months in advance. For all major exhibitions (group exhibitions and Art in Gadsden excluded), the Committee will not accept applications from artists who have exhibited at Gadsden Arts 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 the Museum. Exhibitions are generally open for 11 weeks but that time may vary. Please note, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum does not participate in the sale of artwork from exhibitions on display in its exhibition galleries. For solo exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will share prospective buyer information to the exhibiting artist. For group exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will share the artist’s contact information listed on the Loan Agreement with the prospective buyer. 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.
6) Munroe Family Community Gallery: A new gallery space opening in the Fall of 2016 that will feature local artists 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 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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