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3 featured artists at Quinlan Fine Art Auction

Highest bidders can take home original artwork

POSTED: February 27, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Original works by artists Bill Davidson, Don Demers and Jay Kemp are among the 100 juried pieces in the 36th annual Quinlan Visual Arts Center Fine Art Auction on Saturday in Gainesville.

Davidson of John’s Creek provided his oil painting “Desirable Destination,” for the auction.

Davidson had selected exhibitions at the Scottsdale Arizona Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery in Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s National Wildlife Museum and Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas. He has works available in the Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta and Principle Gallery in Charleston, S.C.

Demers supplied his original oil work “Sunset at CCC.”

Demers, a celebrated fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, painted on the shores of Lake Lanier in Gainesville during a workshop in fall 2013.

His paintings have been featured in several publications, including American Artist magazine, Artist magazine, Plein Air magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art and Antiques and Maine Boats and Harbors. Demers won 17 awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition in Mystic, Conn.

Kemp, a Gainesville native, gave his oil painting “Winter Sunset,” for the Quinlan Gala.

Kemp is regarded among the foremost accomplished wildlife artists in the world, having been named the featured painter at the 31st annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in 2013 in Charleston, S.C.

Kemp has received several accolades, including being named as an “artist to watch” by U.S. Art Magazine and as recipient of the “Award of Excellence” from NatureWorks art show in Tulsa, Okla.

The gala preview for ticketholders will be from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. However, the public may view the pieces during the Quinlan’s regular hours today through Saturday.

The gala will be Saturday at the center at 514 Green St. The black-tie dinner includes a silent and live auction. Proceeds from the auction directly fund Quinlan programming, including classes, exhibitions and community outreach.

For ticketing and exhibiting artist information, contact the Quinlan at 770-536-2575 or visit www.quinlanartscenter.org.


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