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Artists show off their inspiring pieces
Quinlan launches new exhibition for the summer season
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Exhibiting artists Carol Christie, center, and Robb Helfrick talk with Christie’s daughter, Melissa Boltz. Christie’s exhibit is titled “Abstract Expressions.” Helfrick is an Augusta photographer. - photo by NAT GURLEY

Quinlan Visual Arts Center Summer Exhibition

When: June 12 through Aug. 16

Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: 770-536-2575 or

Overseas travels and pop culture inspired by light and the emotional spontaneity adorns the walls of Quinlan Visual Arts Center this summer.

Four Georgia artists have their works hung in the Gainesville gallery off Green Street. It is part of the center’s summer exhibition, which will last until Aug. 16.

Contemporary abstract expressionist Carol Christie feeds off emotion as she creates her works and wants others to take her emotional connection as they view her art.

“I’ve always been told by people that my art makes them smile, so I hope that is what people take away when they see it,” Christie said.

Other than a few classes in college, Christie is a self-taught artist, allowing her spontaneity to take the forefront.

“I’m very inspired by emotions. I don’t plan anything until I begin to paint,” she said.

While Christie used her spontaneous side to guide her work, Shirley Seguin always viewed her work in artistic light.

“As an interior designer, I used the example of a house as being like an artist’s canvas,” she said. “That’s how I would look at the houses I designed.”

How images change as light moves across them inspires Seguin. The effect is visible in her landscape and still life images.

Photographer Robb Helfrick is inspired by his travels, which started at a young age.

“When I was 11, I won a trip to California with many other children,” he said. “My parents bought me a camera and told me to capture what I saw so I could bring it back to show them.”

The singular instruction from his parents led him along a career path as a photographer. His pictures have been featured in multiple magazines, such as National Geographic Traveler, Audobon Town and Country and National Geographic Adventure. Eleven books featuring his photography also have been published.

“The thought of going somewhere and bringing back images of where you’ve been is what inspires me,” he said.

His photos of water scenes are hanging at Quinlan this summer. He hopes the viewing public will learn the beauty of when the land meets the water.

Leonard Zimmerman’s goal for his art is to spread happiness. The expression is apparent in his pieces, which are highly influenced by pop culture.

The Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, also known as “Porkchop,” chose to display his works of bears and robots in various scenes. A fan favorite features a bear dressed in an astronaut suit and a tutu.

“The bear wasn’t sure if he wanted to be an astronaut or a ballerina but he knew he could be either if he wanted to be.” Zimmerman said.

All four artists' works can be seen during regular gallery hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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