Monday, June 2, 2008

Bradshaw, Coveert And Harmon Exhibits

While visiting Bayeux, France several years ago as a teacher in the University of West Georgia’s summer study abroad program, Cameron Covert was introduced to Gordon Bradshaw and later visited his nearby château. Their friendship has evolved into an exhibition of Covert’s ceramics and Bradshaw’s paintings and ceramic sculpture which can be viewed in the Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, June 6-29 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6th from 5 until 7 in the front lobby.

The works of the two friends blend together as Mr. Bradshaw will exhibit abstracted landscapes of the countryside around his home in Normandy, together with non-figurative sculptures depicting baroque color, energy and openness to the environment. Mr. Covert’s work will include examples of his unique process of applying Xerox™ Laser transfers to his forms, especially images of Japanese firemen from the Edo Period. These flamboyant images contain hints of the illegal tattoos the firemen loved but were forbidden to display except once a year during a special parade. In addition Covert will display ceramic work fired in soda, wood and gas kilns, also influenced by several of his visits to Japan.

The Bayeux Tapestry is housed in a museum in the small town of Bayeux in Normandy, this glorious tapestry – nearly 1,000 years old and 230 feet long- is the sole survivor of an art form that was once widely produced. The Bayeux Tapestry relates the invasion of England by William of Normandy and his victory at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

“Artifacts of Vision” by David Harmon is on display in the Galleria, Mr. Harmon is currently a professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Campus and has also taught at several colleges and universities nationwide. He has been drawing in color since 1980 from life or his "seen scenes" he has amassed a collection of drawings depicting his everyday surroundings. There are several images of a studio or living room filled with souvenirs and memorabilia. The collection reflects of bits and pieces of Art-i-facts for personal use as an artist or instructor. The exhibit is colorful insight into is personal surroundings and thought processes.

Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Covert will be at the reception to welcome friends and guests. Their works are mostly for sale, with a few in private collections or on loan for the exhibit. Galleries 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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