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View Heaven to Earth in Clayton gallery
Art inspired by Biblical stories
"The Presentation of Jesus" is an acrylic painting by visionary folk artist Tommy Durham. It is 40 inches high and 30 inches wide and featured in Main Street Gallery’s July show, "Heaven to Earth."

Main Street Gallery in Clayton will exhibit "Heaven to Earth," paintings and sculpture in the upstairs gallery at 51 N. Main Street in Clayton.

The new exhibit features art by visionary painter Tommy Durham and garden "spirit" sculptures by Georgia resident Mike Jones.

The "Heaven to Earth" exhibit runs until July 30. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

Durham began drawing as a child and has never stopped. Today, he starts each work with a detailed drawing and fills it in with acrylic paints creating an effect akin to stained glass work. It’s been noted there is a Chagall-like feeling to his compositions and perhaps a touch of Picasso.

Durham’s subject matter is always based on Biblical stories. He embellishes his pieces with extravagant and colorful flowers.

"I am just doing what God told me to do," he said. "When I am doing artwork, I am happy and God is pleased."

Jones was born and raised in Georgia. He sculpts realistic and fanciful people and animals from granite and sandstone, an art medium to which he has been dedicated for the past three decades. He is largely inspired by pre-Columbian indigenous art from around the world.

Completely self-taught, he is a man consumed by his passion for sculpting despite his ailment of painful arthritis.

"I create forms for spirits to inhabit," he said.

Gallery owner Jeanne Kronsnoble said both artists are exciting new talents.

"Each has a unique style, a clear ‘voice’ and great passion for their art," she said. "We are pleased at Main Street Gallery to present them in this exhibit, a first for both of them."

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