"Egrets at Eagan's Creek" was awarded Best in Photography at the ninth annual Festival of the Arts this past weekend in Cumming, GA. The festival, which runs two weeks and is sponsored by Cumming First United Methodist Church has has featured the work of more than 400 professional artists and has grown to be a regional event, with artists from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama entering the professional division along with their Georgia colleagues.
LAYERS explores the physical process of adding media on top of media, of interpreting layers of meaning in a work of art, and of capturing layers depicted in a subject. This exhibition by the Women's Caucus for the Arts of Georgia (WCAGA) will be on display August 10 through September 26, 2014, at the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Gallery at Georgia Perimeter College and will feature approximately 30 artists working in a wide range of media--from painting and photography to sculpture and fiber arts. The artists reception is scheduled for September 11, from 6-8 pm.
I'll have two black-and-white photographs in the show. Both are part of an in-depth series based on my travels to northern New Mexico to explore the landscape and culture.
The Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia (WCAGA) is a chapter of the National Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), founded in 1972 to bring women's issues to the foreground of the College Art Association (CAA) and beyond. The focus was and continues to be supporting, recognizing and educating established and emerging women artists, art historians, critics, curators, museum personnel and other visual arts professionals. The Georgia chapter was established in 2000 by 11 women and now comprises more than 100 artists and art professionals from Georgia and other southeastern states, most of whom are based in the metro Atlanta area.
The tools were out, framed prints were propped against the wall and the Brenau Galleries' staff was busy at work at the University's North Atlanta campus this afternoon. They were just beginning to hang my photographs from The Mutable Sea series when I arrived. Admittedly, the space (two very long hallways, plus the main lobby) was a bit overwhelming. Even though these are large prints (30 x 30", framed), I couldn't imagine them filling that much space. But they did, and quite nicely.
The exhibit, which features 30 pieces, will be up just in time to greet students for the fall semester, which begins next Monday. Another exhibit, Local Color, with photographs by local artists fills the back hall, and paintings from the University's Permanent Art Collection finish out a fourth hallway. I love the way they have turned these common spaces into galleries that will be seen and enjoyed by students each day.
A joint opening reception for all of the exhibits has been scheduled in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and will be held October 10 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. I'll be giving an artist's talk and will have signed copies of my latest book, The Mutable Sea: Reflections on Change, available. The public is invited.
Galleries Director Melissa Morgan and Galleries Manager Allison Murphy have been a pleasure to work with, as has the North Atlanta Campus Director Yarden Hixson. I'd like to thank them all for their support, encouragement and enthusiasm for this project. The exhibit will hang through the remainder of the year. Beginning January, 2014, The Mutable Sea will be available from Brenau University as a traveling exhibition.
Women in Photography International (WIPI) has announced the winners in its 2013 Annual Juried Competition, and I am honored to have had "Apprehension," an image from The Mutable Sea series, selected for inclusion in the Juror's Choice Gallery. Judged by Daniel Miller of Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, fifteen images were chosen in the competition and are featured in a permanent online exhibition by WIPI.
Congratulations to Laurie Frietag (1st place) and Diane Silverman (Juror's Choice Special Recognition). The following photographers were also chosen for the Juror's Choice Gallery: Barbara Pickles, Bev Petit, Edward L. Rubin, Gloria Golden, Ivy Bigbee, Joan E. Bowers, Kathleen T. Carr, Marguerite Garth, Merri Asimow, Rebecca Joyce, Rosa Isabel Vazquez and Wendi Schneider.
Founded in 1981, Women in Photography International promotes the visibility of women photographers and their work, and serves the needs of photographers, photo educators, photography students, gallery owners and photographic organizations around the world.