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Masters of different mediums on display at Quinlan

Gallery opens fall exhibit featuring Atlanta Collage Society and three area artists

POSTED: August 28, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Gainesville artist Michael Melson's work hangs during the opening reception for the Quinlan Visual Art Center's fall exhibition. Melson, a Milton firefighter-EMT whose paintings resemble pointalism, said he considers himself an impressionist. He uses very fine brushes and tiny strokes in paintings such as "Second Shot at Early Light," center, as well as small burn marks on wood on the flanking pyrographs.

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Artistic media ranging from still-lifes and statues to collages and canvases form cohesive collections to tell stories during the Quinlan Visual Arts Center’s Fall Exhibitions.

“Everyone showing here is a master of their chosen medium,” said Amanda McClure, executive director of the center. “We have everything from realism to abstract in this exhibition, and I love having 3-D art in the middle of the room.”

The fall exhibition runs until Oct. 11. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Quinlan is closed on Sundays.

When patrons enter the main gallery off Green Street, works by Jane Hemmer fill the space with varied sizes and shapes cast in bronze. Hemmer’s work includes horses, human bodies and even a large elephant’s head.

In contrast with her bronzes and their similar colors and subjects, a wide range of works from the Atlanta Collage Society hangs on the walls, adding a striking visual element to the room with a difference style.

“Each artist has their own personal style,” Atlanta Collage Society president Roxane Hollosi said. “We ask that the work be 60 to 70 percent collage, which itself means to glue onto a surface. There can be many interpretations.”

Some of the interpretations involve paper and natural materials while others use plastics and fibers.

The Atlanta Collage Society hopes by showing its works at Quinlan Visual Arts Center, the community will see how “experimental, fanciful and intellectual” collage can be.

“Our goal is getting people to look at things that are unusual and see things in a different way,” Hollosi said. “We want to foster a sense of discovery.”

Among the other galleries at Quinlan, pieces on display were by three contrasting artists: still-life expert Joyce Hornor, Western pyrographer Michael Melson and traditional painter Patrick McGannon.

McGannon paints figures with abstract backgrounds and emphasizes the light and shadow to create a unique feeling. He removes identifying characteristics from his subjects to make them universal. His collection “Ephemeral” is on display this fall at Quinlan.

Hornor created an entirely new collection, titled “Up Close,” for the fall exhibitions, focusing on the fine details of still-life subjects with a signature black background on many pieces.

“This is my first exhibition, so I knew the collection had to have a focus,” Hornor said.

While the pieces have different subject matters, from owls to fruit, each piece has a distinct style and features the subject or a part of the subject up close and detailed.

“I love having a theme,” Hornor said. “Everyone likes red, so there are some elements of red in a lot of the paintings.”

Hornor includes a wide variety of colors and elements that stand out against the black background, while Michael Melson uses the natural colors in many of his paintings and the same background for his other works.

Pyrography, or the art of decorating wood with burn marks to create a design, is the newest technique in Melson’s toolbox.

“I taught myself the pyrography,” he said. “I’ve probably been doing it less than a year, and I had an artist from out west say it was the most detailed pyrography he had seen.”

Melson also paints Western life on canvas and focuses all of his work on the relationships and traditional values of Western life that he remembers from growing up with horses, dogs, deer and other nature around.

“Doing something like this is exciting,” Melson said. “I wish I was retired already so I could spend more time (on art).”

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