Eclectic work from four artists with local ties will be featured in the Hinesville Area Arts Council’s September exhibition, which opens Thursday.
The council will host an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at 102 Commerce St. The show runs through Sept. 31. HAAC officer and The Heritage Bank marketing coordinator John Crowley organized the exhibition, which features his landscape photography in addition to ceramics and other landscape works. Alex Morrison, an information technology specialist with The Heritage Bank, also will show landscape photography. Richmond Hill High School art teacher Wes Valentine will have ceramic sculptures on display, and The Heritage Bank information technology specialist Cassidy Collins will display photographs as well.
“I call it (Almost) Homegrown because none of us are really from here … but we’ve been here forever,” Crowley said.
“It’s a very talented group of friends, and we each have our own little niche that we do,” Crowley added.
His large-scale prints will feature familiar scenes from Coastal and Southeast Georgia and are made with the giclee process, which is a method of printing fine art photographs on canvas.
The show will include a variety of content, including 12-13 landscape, portrait and abstract photographic prints in addition to about nine ceramic pieces.
“It’s kind of a diverse exhibition, and particularly for this area. I don’t believe we’ve had a ceramic sculpture exhibition in the gallery yet,” he said.
Valentine said his sculpture is based on traditional pottery forms such as bowls or pitchers.
“I transform them into sculptural pieces by building with primitive hand building methods and combining them with found objects and mixed media,” Valentine said. “Function becomes subordinate to form as the works seek to explore clay’s weight, natural qualities, and the reversal of common refining techniques.”
Crowley also said he was trying to confirm more participants at press time.