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New exhibits open at area Arts Center
“Beach Camera” by Judith Surowiec is part of her exhibit "Making Waves" at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center’s Summer Exhibitions.

Quinlan Summer Exhibitions
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 17
Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville
Cost: Free

Four new exhibits will kick off their debut with a free opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

On display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 17 will be “Cruising Southern Waters” by the American Society of Marine Artists, “Exploring Acadia” by Debra Nadelhoffer, and “Making Waves” by artist Judith Surowiec; and works by artist Amanda Carder.

“Cruising Southern Waters” is by The American Society of Marine Artists, which was founded in 1978 by a small group of the country’s leading maritime artists. The artists were looking for mutual support and companionship. They also wanted to enhance public awareness of the genre, explore and record the history of American marine art and encourage the work of newcomers. The group’s mission is to recognize, encourage and promote Marine art and maritime history; encourage cooperation and free interchange among artists, art teachers, art students, craftsmen, publishers and others with interests related to marine art and the history of marine art; to provide a registry for artists; to hold exhibitions; and to promote the study and improvement of marine art. ASMA is dedicated to fulfilling an informational and educational role.

In “Exploring Acadia”, Nadelhoffer uses her paintings to reflect an emotional response to the subject. Attracted by effects of light and atmosphere, she attempts to convey her impressions through the use of color and close attention to the play of light on surfaces. Her subject matter is varied, as she is equally fascinated with landscape, still life and the figure.

Nadelhoffer’s work has been featured in national and international publications. Her oil and pastel paintings have been accepted into numerous exhibitions including Oil Painters of America Eastern 2009 Exhibition, American Society of Marine Artists 30th anniversary exhibition, various Pastel Society of America and Southeastern Pastel Society exhibits. She is the president of Plein Air Painters of Georgia, past-president and member of excellence of Southeastern Pastel Society, Signature Member of Degas Pastel Society, a member of American Society of Marine Artists and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. Nadelhoffer lives in Dawsonville.

Surowiec is the artist responsible for “Making Waves.” Inspired by her artist mother and the work of Charles Burchfield, Surowiec studied art and graduated with a degree in art education. During a move to Atlanta, she began studying with Joseph Perrin and her work made a dramatic change.

Now, working with acrylics and colored pencil, she paints with a colorful energy. Sometimes she folds or crumples a canvas for the challenge and surprise. This process adds a unique “signature” to her paintings.

Surowiec’s work reflects her thoughts and experiences.

“I feel like a historian for my time ... my life,” she said. “I paint the truth, but some people don’t believe me. They say I have a good imagination ... perhaps.”

Carder’s artistic style is realism with an appreciation of impressionism. She has a fascination with light, reflection and movement. Whether she paints a landscape, a still life or a portrait, it’s always an intriguing journey in which she hopes to include the viewer.

“I find myself looking at life with increasing wonder as I grow as an artist,” Carder said. “I am surrounded by a world of beautiful moments; my desire is to express the simple details that make those moments exceptional.”