CURRENT EXHIBITS

   FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK:   AUGUST 7 @ 6pm. Visit our Facebook for updates!

ESAC UPDATE:
Art Center galleries are currently open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. For information on safety protocols and more, visit our blog here.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a piece from our online galleries, please contact Marketing Director, Adrienne Clow at adrienne@esartcenter.org.

AUGUST 2020

ONLINE ART AUCTION
24 ARTISTS
12″ X 12″ ARTWORKS

 

Online bidding is going on now! Visit https://event.gives/esac or text “esac” to (843) 606-5995 to join! Exhibit opens August 7, 2020. Auction closes August 28, 2020 @ 6pm.

 

PINKY BASS / WEEZIE BRABNER / MARY ANN BRECHUN
EDLYN BURCH / ADRIENNE CLOW / bj COOPER / JACK DAILY
DIANE LESTAGE-DAVIS / STACY HOWELL / LUCY HUNNICUT
BEN KAISER / MARY ELIZABETH KIMBROUGH / JIM LAUGELLI
JEAN-MARIE MCDONNELL / JUDY OXFORD / JO PATTON
CAT POPE / NANCY RAIA / STEPHEN SAVAGE / JANE SELLIER
JULIE SNIDLE / MICHELE TRAUM / B’BETH WELDON
BRYANT WHELAN

 

All proceeds benefit Eastern Shore Art Center

 

THANK YOU to our event sponsor: BancorpSouth!

“1,000 MILE JOURNEY”

FRAN NAGY

AUGUST 7-29, 2020

 

Via Slate Gray Gallery: Fran Nagy, a relatively new artist in Slate Gray’s stable, has Native American DNA. Working with acrylic and resin on canvas, like Modigliani, the paintings of this multi-disciplinary artist feature elongated form – but Nagy also depicts her figures with their backs to us as they forward march into an unknown future.

 

Some of her faceless shapes are stretched to the point of abstraction. Stretched any further and they might disappear into a simple line with no clear identity at all. Nagy’s forms could easily be read as exclamation points at the end of a story about what happened to Native Americans in a country that prides itself – or used to – on being a melting pot.

 

Native American art has developed over centuries, tracing its roots back to cave paintings, stonework, and earthenware. Typically linked to a deep connection with spirituality and Mother Earth, Native American art comes in many different styles and forms to reflect the unique cultures of diverse tribes.

 

“My Native American subject matter was inspired by cultural assimilation and my own dwindling genetic makeup. I am the last descendant who carries any physical trace of Native American Indian ancestry. The content of this work speaks for thousands of people who were forced to make a journey down a path of assimilation.”

 

Nagy’s timing appears to be spot on. Not only are Native issues finally being heard in the media, some of the loudest and loveliest voices are those of artists like her, an American, a native and (in her case, part) a Native American. Think of Fran Nagy’s paintings as commentaries on the complex relationship between Native and U.S. history and contemporary culture. Her work delivers a powerful message and speaks eloquently to “the ones who are remembered – by how they were forgotten.”

 

Continuing she says:
“As an artist and through my hands, I have found a voice to create art that is imaginative and also very personal. My work is influenced by my own ethnic and cultural experiences. My paintings, ceramics, and photographic art is abstract and contemporary, with a focus on the human form.”

Members’ Sales Gallery

June 5 – August 28, 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.

The NALL Collection of Alabama Art

featuring Betty Sue Matthews

Extended through August 29, 2020

 

Betty Sue Matthews, 1944 – 2018, was a completely self-taught, Alabama “outsider” artist working in unconventional materials. Her life-size tin cutouts of “fat babies, gentlemen, ladies and little biddies” feature the original rust and cracks in the tin.

 

Matthews painted on both sides of the tin with house paint, and hand-cut them out “like paper dolls.” Subject matter in the exhibit also includes pigs, dogs, roosters and cows. Nationally acclaimed artist Nall Hollis, a Troy native, met Matthews in Brundidge, Alabama before she gained notoriety and immediately began collecting her work. Nall has stated “I was so impressed. I knew I had discovered an Alabama genius.”

 

Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and the Rosa Parks Museum. She has also been featured in National Geographic magazine, and in Kelly Ludwig’s 2007 book “Detour Art: Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast.”

 

The collection of artworks 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.

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