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Spring season arrives at Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Four artists to show off works at area gallery

POSTED: April 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Painting of wildlife, rural life and surreal images as well as clay and bronze sculptures will adorn the walls and floor space for the spring exhibition at Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

“Into the Wild” will feature roughly 40 original paintings by wildlife artist and Gainesville native Jay Kemp. An avid outdoorsman, Kemp has traveled across North America to find inspiration and reference material for his art.

The exhibition is the largest single collection of Kemp’s original works that has ever been put together. Many had to be borrowed from local and out-of-state owners.

“We will probably never have that many originals together again,” he said. “I hope people like it.”

The paintings span Kemp’s career, from as far back as the early 1990s to works just finished days ago. Some were done quickly while others took years to complete.

“When I paint, I try to please myself and paint from my own heart, inspiration and passion,” he said. “The goal is to paint something that I want to see. People can see that. They pick up on it.”

In addition to Kemp’s work, three other exhibitions feature Georgian artists.

Art with a Western theme by artists Eleanor Stecker, Pat Burns and Bambi Rogers will be exhibited in “Out West in Georgia.”

The three have been painting together for about four years and have exhibited together at several galleries across Georgia. The collection of work focuses on the similarities of rural Georgian and Western lifestyles.

“In our painting forays into the countryside, we discovered that so many folks who have chosen to live in rural Georgia are dedicated horse people, cattle ranchers or farmers,” Stecker said. “All around us are folks who ride horses, hunt, fish and farm. They may lead alternative lives as doctors or engineers or sales people, but their hearts are with the land and the animals they cherish.

“So our emphasis in this exhibition on cowboys, cowgirls, Native Americans and the amazing landscapes around us are the stuff of everyday life in rural Georgia.”

Atlanta-based artist Kim Karelson will show her first solo exhibition “So Here We Are,” featuring a collection of surreal landscapes.

“I hope to connect with and lift up other people through my art,” she said. “I share my thoughts and beliefs in picture form in hopes to find the common ground.

“The Quinlan has a long-standing tradition of showing many of the best artists in the region, and I am delighted to be included in that group and for the opportunity to have my first solo show there.”

An exhibition of clay and bronze sculptures by Marie-Helene Gardelle and Mary Ann Klimek will be featured in “Art Reflections.”

“The first duty that I assign to my work is to wake people’s imagination and to allow them to make it their own,” Gardelle said. “There are two parts to creation: production and interpretation.

“Production is my part, and I of course have my own interpretation, but I want to leave it open. Every artwork should be a door that visitors can choose to open or not.”

The opening reception for the exhibitions will be at 5:30-7 p.m. April 17 at Quinlan, 514 Green St., in Gainesville. Artists will be present along with two trained hawks. The exhibitions will be on display until June 7.

For more information visit www.quinlanartscenter.org or call 770-536-2575.


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