Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happenings at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center

The Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center presents “A Comedy of Painting: Clowns and Infantas” by Stefani Joseph a professor of foundation studies at the Savannah Campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The exhibit will run May 2 – June 1, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 5 until 7 p.m. Ms. Joseph will have an Artist Talk followed by a presentation on “Is Art and Design College Right For You?” on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Roush Family Gallery. Exhibiting in the Galleria of the Cultural Arts Center will be the Spring Show 2008 by LOFAS, League of Fine Artist South. The reception is open to the public who is invited to come meet the artists. These receptions are an opportunity to glean from the Artist themselves information on selected subject matter, methodology and materials used to create their works.

Stefani Joseph is originally from England, attending the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, England; Royal Academy Schools, London, England; and moving to the United States she attended and now teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. Her Gallery Affiliations are with the Gallery Gora in Montreal, Canada, and Off the Wall Gallery, The Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia. She has exhibited around the world including Oxford, England, Beijing, China, Canada, Seoul, Korea and Ibiza, Spain and throughout the United States; Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, the Carolinas, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Santa Fe, New York, and Atlanta. Her collectors are equally varied, found in Los Angles, Hilton Head, the Isle of Wight, Oxford, and Savannah just to name a few.

Primarily concerned with people in all their different human situations, she also takes visual delight in the costumes dating from the European seventeenth century. She enjoys this exuberant flamboyance, and the self evident “joy of life” typically passed onto the wearer. The painters she responds to most in these contexts are Johannes Vermeer and Diego Velasquez. Her selection of color can be bold or diffused depending on the temperament of the theme depicted. Joyfully bold and bright colors mimicking harlequin costumes may be reflected in one painting, and in the next, the images may be subtle cool shades of water reflecting a totally different mood. Stefani states: “In addition to the visual references to human situations, my paintings are also part descriptive, and consideration is given to the balance between the two, which differs from work to work. While the joyful situations such as festivity and revelry prompt the descriptive element to the fore, there have been increasing instances of late where this has not been so pronounced. In these instances there have been visual references to less happy situations, specifically deceit and treachery. These paintings are arguably more complex, as subtler themes such as ambiguity, duplicity and intrigue are alluded to, either directly or by the inclusion of masked figures.”

LOFAS will return with their annual exhibit and Spring Show 2008 to the Galleria of the Cultural Arts Center. Featuring: Fused glass by Licha Ochoa Nicholson, Oils and acrylics by Donna Matthews, Mixed media of paper and paint by Georgia Rowswell, Sculpture of bamboo, glass and stone by Dave Rowswell and Oils and watercolors by Ann Fay Rushforth. The League of Fine Artists South or “LOFAS” is a small, diverse group of individual artists, living and working mostly in Georgia. Initially formed to promote and increase the representation of fine art on the south side of Atlanta, the membership has expanded beyond the southern counties to include members from all over the greater Atlanta area. Despite their variety of mediums and residences, they are a cohesive group that continues to support each other and the development of a strong arts presence in their communities.

The group’s 2007 exhibit welcomed guests with willowy swaths of sheer drapery outside and inside the Gallery proving their dynamic styles in a wide variety of mediums could be united into an exhibit drawing viewers into individual presentations yet never loosing the feeling there was something else to see. Their 2008 exhibit promises to be equally inviting.

The Galleries of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. For more information call the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083.

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