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OCTOBER 2018

“Boxes”

Group exhibition by Gulf ArtSpace

October 5-27, 2018

 

The show includes a group of artists including Lynn Yonge, Tameka Johnson, Kathrena Rivera and the late Fred Marchman.

 

“Tameka could be described as an “outsider artist” and we are delighted to include her work in the Gulf Show at ESAC. Her painting of boxes exemplifies the theme of this show: using boxes in a playful way to experiment and tell a story,” Curator Yonge says. “The work by Fred Marchman tells some of the story of his life. He called the work “Time Capsule”. The perfect use of a box. The works in this show will be diverse, polished and unpolished, unstructured and unedited. It should be interesting.”

 

HISTORY: Gulf ArtSpace was founded in 2000 as an exhibition area for contemporary art on the Gulf Coast. Gulf ArtSpace (commonly referred to as Gulf) hosted a widely successful series of exhibitions that featured the best of the regions artists. The combination of excellent art, interesting exhibitions, and determination made Gulf an entity that was respected around the Gulf Coast and the State of Alabama. The Alabama State Arts Council provided Gulf grants for four consecutive years and its exhibitions traveled the state. Over time, Gulf became a 501(C)3 corporation.

 

Through the generosity of the Fairhope community, Gulf occupied the old nut processing plant in downtown Fairhope. That location was eventually demolished and the site became the home of the Fairhope Public Library. Gulf relocated in Spring 2004 to a two-story, historic structure on Young Street. The building was purchased and renovated by Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Yonge. Unfortunately, lack of wheelchair accessibility ended state funding. Moving away from downtown decreased community participation and financial support. Gulf closed in 2008.

“Jubilee”

Paintings by Judy Oxford

October 5-27, 2018

 

Judy grew up in Fairhope and graduated from Fairhope High School. She attended the University of South Alabama and Auburn University, majoring in Visual Design. She lived in Selma for 33 years and Ono Island before moving back to Fairhope roots.

 

Oxford was featured in ESAC’s book “Painters in Paradise” and has received numerous awards for her work, including ESAC’s 2011 Members’ Juried Show “Best of Show”.  She has also previously served on the Cahawba Advisory Committee. The state committee worked along with the Alabama Historical Commission in the development of “Old Cahawba”, Alabama’s first capital.

“Farm to Gallery”

Paintings by Kellie Newsome

September 7 – October 27, 2018

 

Growing up in the rural south, elements of farm life and nature run deep through Kellie Newsome’s past. In Farm to Gallery, Kellie aspires to enhance and celebrate the quite, simple beauty of the flowers, fruits, and animals that make up so much of her visual memories. In these works, she has been exploring new techniques, experimenting with mediums, and pushing her style.

 

These works are abstract and at the same time representational of flowers, fruits, and animals.  You can find the subject matter within, or simply appreciate the lines, colors and composition as purely aesthetic abstract marks and shapes. In this way, the art shifts between reality and imagination, effectively capturing the ethereal nature of fond memories.

 

Kellie’s process is fluid, impulsive, and improvised based on years of training her instincts and having a deep understanding of her tools and materials. This process can be predictable while at the same time creating surprising experimental results. This balance of control and chaos allows her to create works that have her unique visual style while also having a life all their own.

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