Ken "Blacktop" Gentle approaches quilts in a new way. "I created the quilts as a challenge to myself to see if I could do it. I've always put quilts into my memory paintings and I just wanted to pull them out of my paintings and paint them on a bigger scale. I've always felt quilting has brought the values of both African and European Americans together like no other folk art tradition."
This show will feature large scale quilt replicas painted on lightweight quilted packing blankets. In addition, some of Ken's memory paintings that include quilts will be part of the collection.
The opening reception, Friday, June 27 will coincide with the Sanford Art Walk, from 6-9pm.
The gallery will be closed for the July 4th holiday. We will be open regular hours on Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (12-5).
Traditions: Bottle Trees, Haints, and Whirligigs will open with a reception on Friday, August 22 from 6 to 9pm coinciding with the Sanford Art Walk.
The artists featured are Alyne Harris, Bethanne Hill, Lucy Hunnicutt, Pat Juneau, and R.A. Miller. The remarkable bottle trees of Stephanie Dwyer will have their debut as well.
"To start off the fall art season, we've reached back to our roots for inspirations that purely reek of southern tradition. I've handpicked the six artists for this show because of their affinity for depicting the things we love about the South." says Jeanine.
Bethanne Hill and Stephanie Dwyer elevate the bottle tree to "high art", one with paint on paper and the other with spiraling metal. Lucy Hunnicutt paints memories so strong you can smell them (think pie!). Pat Juneau's metal blue crabs, shotgun houses and dancing musicians pay homage to his Cajun roots and the late R.A. Miller's whirligigs have achieved cult status. On Alyne Harris' canvases, haints are seen as mysterious figures that entice our imagination.
This gumbo of a show will cast a favaorable light on traditions that beg to be kept alive.