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JANUARY 2021

American Watercolor Society
December 11, 2020-January 22, 2021

 

The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.

 

“We stand a far distance from December 5, 1866, the Society’s founding day,” said Antonio Masi, AWS President and himself an internationally celebrated artist. “And we know that the passage of time has validated our founders’ work and values.”

 

AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,100 artists from throughout the United States and 32 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 143 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show were selected by the Jury of Awards for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour six museums and galleries across the country during the next year. For the schedule of the Traveling Exhibition and to view images of the prize-winning entries, visit www.awsinc.org.

 

ESAC is proud to have this fantastic exhibit for the second year in a row. Catalogs available for purchase for $20 each. Gallery talk hosted by Dr. Bob Bantens January 9th @ 2pm. Free admission!

What you see, or what you imagine?
Photography by Jack Daily
January 8 – February 27, 2021

 

Artist Statement: Twenty-First Century photography is a wonderful playground for the fine art photographer. In this new post processing era, artificial intelligence and other “smart” algorithms sit on the photographer’s shoulder like a wise owl showing him looks and giving him tools to render the image his imagination sees.

As a fan of early 20th century art, I also enjoy borrowing from those early century art movements like Impressionism, Surrealism, Photo-realism, and Graphic Design. They stroke my imagination to create the look of yesterday’s “isms”.

Of course a straight shot, done right with what you see in the camera, can also render an image as art. I like that too. Enjoy the show!

The NALL Collection of Alabama Art

featuring Charlie Lucas

January 8 – March 27, 2021

Exhibit Images Coming Soon

 

Iconic and self-taught artist, Charlie Lucas, is the youngest of a pantheon of outsider artists who rose to public attention in the latter part of the twentieth century. Lucas bridges generations of artists, including Bill Traylor, Jimmie Lee Sudduth and Mose T as the last in a long lineage of black folk artists in Alabama that began over 100 years ago. In his own family, Lucas is the descendent of several generations of artisans and craftspeople, including his grandfather and great grandfather who were blacksmiths. He traces his work directly from them.

Paul R. Jones Museum Museum Director Daniel White describes Lucas: “If you know Charlie Lucas, then you know he has no limits with his imagination, and the universe is his studio.”

Lucas’ work has been included in early, transformative exhibitions of self-taught, outsider artists including the High Museum of Art’s groundbreaking 1988 exhibition, Outside the Mainstream: Folk Art in Our Time. His work was part of Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, 1993; Pictured in My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1995, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s group show Ogun Meets Vulcan: Iron Sculpture of Alabama with Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett and Joe Minter in 2007. Lucas’ work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the last four decades including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Rosa Parks Museum and Library at Troy University-Montgomery.

Charlie Lucas‘s studio is in Selma, Alabama.

 

The collection of artworks on exhibit is now part of the Nall Collection of Alabama Art at ESAC. All work is for sale to benefit the Eastern Shore Art Center and Alabama Artists.

Members’ Sales Gallery

Exhibit: November 6 – December 18, 2020

 

This exhibit offers ESAC members at artist level or above the opportunity to display and sell their work at the Eastern Shore Art Center. Each member may submit one piece and if sold can bring in a replacement. This gallery changes out every other month.

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