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Northeast Georgia artists headed to Charleston wildlife festival
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Ann Goble's "The Switchback." Image courtesy Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

Local artists Ann Goble, Broderick Crawford and John Stanford will have pieces in Charleston’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition later this month.

The Feb. 14-16 expo on the South Carolina coast is a celebration of wildlife and nature, and exhibitors run the gamut from restaurants to fine artists, dog training competitions to fly fishing demonstrations. The weekend event, which attracts more than 40,000 attendees each year, is a major venue for artists in the Southeast.

The three artists from Northeast Georgia will be among about 90 artists in the expo.

Goble, from Gainesville, is getting her first shot as an exhibitor at the expo, according to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, which announced the entries at the end of January.

Goble’s piece, called “The Switchback,” features a female rider on horseback, her hat pulled low over her eyes.

“Painting is for me a search for beauty,” Goble said in an announcement from the Quinlan. “I am especially intrigued by the anatomical power and vitality of horses. Their sheer intensity can be seen through the rendering of light as it reflects from a sweat drenched coat or the amber gaze of a horse at daybreak.”

Crawford, of Rabun County, is participating in the expo for the 38th year — and for his 12th-consecutive year.

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Broderick Crawford's "Quail Call." Image courtesy Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

“The show itself is like the Super Bowl of wildlife art, and once you get accepted to participate in the show, you enjoy not only all the beautiful artwork, but it's always nice to spend a long weekend each year with so many wonderfully talented artists and attendees,” Crawford said in the announcement, “who adore all the work and gain more appreciation to support conservation efforts for all wildlife.”

Crawford’s painting, “Quail Call,” captures a quail calling from atop a fencepost.

Stanford, of Blairsville, is headed to his second expo this year. He said he was looking forward to reconnecting with old artist friends and patrons at the Charleston event.

His painting, titled “Feeding Time,” features a flock of birds flying over wetland grasses.

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John Stanford's "Feeding Time." Image courtesy Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

“I often begin with just a tentative idea which usually involves a great deal of working and reworking, always reacting to what is put down, until something begins to click for me,” he said in the announcement. “Results are unpredictable and often produce failure but it is the distinctive emotional edge found in the successful paintings that keeps me going.”

Tickets for the event must now be purchased in Charleston and run from $25 for a single day to $50 for a weekend pass.

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