Fall exhibition opening reception
When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20
Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville
More info: www.qvac.org or 770-536-2575
After 25 years as a graphic designer, Cynthia Miller steered her skills for visual elements as a career into a passion for the arts. And now she is one of three displaying her work in solo exhibits at Quinlan Visual Arts Center in downtown Gainesville.
“I’m so pleased and honored to participate with the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in my first solo show in the Bailey Gallery,” Miller said. “The members and artists of QVAC have always been so inspirational and supportive as I’ve transitioned from a long career in graphic design to my first love of fine art.”
Miller’s pieces involve experimental oil work on different surfaces and original landscape, still life and portraiture pieces. Her exhibit, titled “It’s Complicated: A Study of Detail, Light and Color,” traces back to the artist’s interest in the Renaissance and Baroque periods and her experimentation with painting on copper. It will be her first solo show and will showcase her piece, “Below Anna Ruby Falls No. 1.”
Miller’s artwork is part of four new fall exhibitions debuting at Quinlan, at 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. An opening reception will kick off the new show from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Admission is free.
Joining Miller in solo exhibits will be works from Paul Light Jr. and Fox Gradin.
Light’s exhibit, titled “Edge of Eternity,” stems from his interest in American abstract expressionist paintings, including an acrylic piece called “Orange One.”
The Atlanta native teaches continuing education courses in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta during the summer. His work is featured in galleries from Georgia to New York City.
Gradin’s exhibit titled “Märchen Lamina” shows off her knack for portraiture. Her photography and mixed media piece “Beneath the Stars” will be in the new fall exhibit.
The Gainesville woman owns Celestial Studios, a photography and art studio in downtown Gainesville. She also is a summer camp coordinator at Quinlan.
Rounding out the fall exhibitions will be the fourth biennial Virginia Avery juried exhibition, “Reflections.” It features some of Georgia’s most talented artists, chosen from a pool of 450 entries, and narrowed down to 150 pieces.
“The PenWomen ‘Reflections’ exhibition is all women,” Quinlan Executive Director Amanda McClure said. “The only criteria is that they live in Georgia.”
The exhibit is presented by the Atlanta Brand of the National League of American Pen Women. It brings together creative women to encourage and recognize them. It also promotes women’s art across the country in various forms and specialities, like musicians, poets and painters.
“The pieces range from jewelry, sculpture and wood carving to mixed media, oil painting and photography,” McClure said. “It is going to be beautiful.”
Legendary women like Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mitchell have been involved in this organization since it was founded in 1897.
Now, the organization has 2,500 members scattered throughout the nation.
Dianne Mize, former department head and associate professor of art at Piedmont College, juried the exhibition. As the co-founder of The Art Studio at Sautee Nacoochee Center, she knows how to pick and choose among the entries.
The first-place winner will be announced at the opening reception and receive $1,000.
The Quinlan Arts Center is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.qvac.org or call 770-536-2575.