Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Journeys of Textiles, Earth and Fire

The Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center presents “Journeys of Textiles, Earth and Fire,” a body of new works by Sally Austin and Don McWhorter. The exhibit which is open to the public will run March 7 – 28, 2008 with an opening reception Friday, March 7, from five until seven p.m.

The public is invited to come meet the artist and discuss their work.

The “journeys” of California native, Sally Austin and lifelong Carroll County, Georgia resident, Don McWhorter led the two to meet in Nashville, Tennessee. They quickly realized their mutual appreciation for an eclectic taste of the visual arts, music, writing and life in general. The two found in each other a friendship that encouraged and inspired not only each other’s art but their spirits as well. Now, after a few years of a long distance relationship, the two share each other’s studio space; summers in Grand Rapids, Michigan and winters in Carrollton, Georgia.

Sally’s work, inspired by nature and personal experiences, bursts with vibrant colors and textures. They are created by manipulating, coiling, wrapping and fraying silks, vintage and other fine fabrics collected from around the world. Don will be showing many works never exhibited before. Assembled groupings including stone and clay resemble the cliff dwellings and landscapes of the southwest United States. Included will be some miniatures in porcelain and altered large stoneware vessels. Both artists have recently been recognized for their latest works. Sally has received an ‘Invitation to exhibit’ at the prestigious Cherry Creek Festival in Denver Colorado this summer and Don recently won the judges Award at the Festival of the Masters Art Show at Disneyworld and the Artigras Festival of the Arts in Jupiter, Florida.

The Galleria of the Cultural Arts Center will host a premier solo exhibit by Suzanne Smith, entitled “three acre pond, a watercolor collective.” Suzanne is a Tennessee native, where she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 1991. She has called Carrollton home since 1995, and has been a long time member of the Carrollton Artist Guild. Working with several water mediums, she favors watercolors. Her works reflect the warmth of country living with rural sophistication. Suzanne will also be at the reception to greet friends and answer questions. Most of her works are for sale, with a few in private collections on loan for the exhibit.

For more information call the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083. The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center is a facility of the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.
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