Local Art Exhibits & Events at a Glance-May

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Because our website calendar doesn’t like events that last more than a day and often fails to display them properly, we’re going to keep a running list of ART EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS right here with “Artie,” the paint-splattered pooch as our mascot. Scroll through to see ongoing displays at our local galleries, followed by special art events we have listed by date.

ONGOING AT THE GALLERIES

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick-Glynn County Library – 208 Gloucester Street

Art by local artists on display and available for viewing during normal library hours.

Creative Frameworks Frame Shop and Gallery – 1302 Gloucester Street

Works by local artists and photographers on display in the frame shop’s gallery each month – opening reception during First Friday.

Historic Ritz Theatre – WilcoxGallery – 1530 Newcastle Street

MAY EXHIBIT:

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to share About Face, The Faces of Catherine Durrett in the Millie Wilcox Gallery opening with a community reception during the First Friday festivities on May 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Downtown Brunswick.

About Face features faces.  “Just face it.  We ‘read’ each other by our faces,” says Catherine.  “Our expressions give us away…even our pets will pull a face.”  Catherine Durret’s whimsical style draws the eye to the faces of her subjects. The expression seen gives way to an empathetic reaction. Whether human or animal, her faces translate the emotions within.

Ms. Durrett honed her artistic skills at Portland Art Museum School, Atlanta College of Art, Art Institute of Atlanta, NYC School of Visual Arts, NYC Pratt Phoenix and private tutoring. She has worked in various fields including model making for television and print ads; 2-D animation for an interactive educational CD; architectural photography; and commercial illustration. Her own business, *Pena Haku, includes murals, faux treatments, trompe l’oeil and paintings. Catherine has enjoyed group and solo shows in New York City; published art in Jezebel magazine in Atlanta, Georgia; and painted four panels for the original AIDS Quilt hanging in the White House.  Back in the Golden Isles, Catherine continues art locally. She has contributed to The Mural Project in downtown Brunswick, has designed and painted sets at The Ritz Theatre, and does business and residential specialty painting in the area. For more information and art go to: CathyDurrett.com or Penahaku.wordpress.com.

Join artist Catherine Durrett and Golden Isles Arts & Humanities during the May First Friday from 5 to 8 pm for the opening of About Face.  The exhibit will remain on display through May 30, 2024.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. and during performances and events. Admission to all art exhibits in The Wilcox Gallery at the Ritz Theatre is free. For more information about the exhibit or to find complete details about upcoming shows, please contact Golden Isles Arts and Humanities at (912) 262-6934, info@goldenislesarts.org or visit www.goldenislesarts.org.

SoGlo Gallery – 1413 Newcastle Street

JIM JONES – New Works are on display at the SoGlo Gallery through May.

SoGlo Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm, or by appointment. For more information, contact the gallery by phone/text at 912-230-1042 or visit SoGloGallery.com

Southeast Georgia Health System – Horton Gallery, located on Brunswick Campus, adjacent to the Outpatient Care Center

Art by local artists is featured monthly in the Horton Gallery at the Southeast Georgia Heallth System.

Normal gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND

Anderson Fine Art Gallery – 3309 Frederica Rd.

Works on display in Anderson Fine Art Gallery include an outstanding group of professional and emerging artists and offers landscapes, still life, and some non-representational works. Seasonal exhibitions complement their curated core collection of paintings and sculpture. 

Through May 28, Anderson Fine Art Gallery will be hosting the 8th Annual Impressionist Small Works Showcase. This juried show will be judged by DAN BECK ais Master. Read more about this special event at elegantislandliving.net/st-simons-island-events/making-an-impression.

Normal gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call 912.634.8414. For more info, visit andersonfineartgallery.com

Anderson Studio Gallery – 100 Sylvan Drive, Suite 170

Anderson Studio Gallery, formerly known as the Artists Annex, located right around the corner from Anderson Fine Art Gallery, is now a remodeled gallery, featuring pop-up exhibits and is the location for the many workshops hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery. These workshops have been held for more than 15 years and are taught by professional artists from across the country who come to the island to instruct fellow painters. Students travel year-round to attend the studio and plein air workshops. Full workshop schedule can be found at workshopsonstsimonsisland.com and attached below. Artist Sherry Egger also offers private instruction by appointment in the studio. 

ArtTrends Gallery – 3305 Frederica Road

ArtTrends Gallery Presents its  9th Anniversary Exhibition. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 4-7 pm, so stop by to meet the artists and see their pieces on exhibit, along with new works by ArtTrends artists Ella Cart, Dottie Clark, Trish Rugaber, Barbara Northrup, Dina Deason, Kathryn McClain, and Bettina Dickson Rusher.  

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit arttrends.gallery, call 912.268.4761, or email artists@arttrends.gallery.

Glynn Visual Arts – 106 Island Drive

MARCH 26-MAY 3: TEACH. LEARN. INSPIRE. This exhibition features a wide array of art mediums and styles created by a representative group of dedicated Glynn Visual Arts instructors. Watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting; mixed media collages; graphite, charcoal, and ink sketches; pottery and more are showcased in this six-week exhibition in the Portman Gallery at GVA. Included are 7 GVA instructors: Deborah Karwisch, Jennifer Broadus, Debbie Craig, Ann Marie Dalis, Cullen Peck,Tom Quinn, and Lynn St. Clair. All have inspired countless numbers of students over the years. Help celebrate teaching and learning at GVA! Opening Reception is Thursday, March 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at GVA, 106 Island Drive.

Normal Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday — Saturday. Admission is free. 912-638-8770  glynnvisualarts.org

MAY 7 – JUNE 14: “Transformation” by Michael Jinkins and Jeff Mead. Opening Reception, Tuesday May 14, 5:30-7pm

Michael Jinkins and Jeff Mead, two acclaimed artists with distinct styles and inspirations, are set to showcase their latest works, offering a glimpse into the diverse influences shaping their artistic journeys.

Michael Jinkins, drawing from a rich tapestry of artistic traditions, finds his principal inspiration in the American abstract expressionist movement, notably the works of luminaries such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. However, his oeuvre transcends conventional boundaries, incorporating elements of post-Impressionism and evoking echoes of J. M. W. Turner’s majestic landscapes. Moreover, he draws inspiration from a diverse array of artistic mediums, including illustrations, cartoons, and traditional Chinese and Japanese painting. For Jinkins, painting is more than a creative pursuit; it is a spiritual practice, inviting viewers to engage in contemplation and immerse themselves in the profound mysteries of existence. Reflecting on his artistic philosophy, Jinkins remarked, “The more deeply I have inquired into the nature of ultimate reality, the more I have sought to create works of beauty upon which our eyes and our minds can rest.”

Jeff Mead’s artistic vision is equally distinctive, characterized by a profound reverence for nature and a commitment to sustainability. Mead specializes in crafting sculptural vessels from locally salvaged wood, with all materials sourced from trees felled by storms or requiring emergency removal. Embracing the imperfections and unique characteristics of each piece of wood, Mead allows the material itself to guide his creative process. The freshness and vitality of the green wood lend a dynamic quality to his creations, as the natural drying process imbues each piece with an organic elegance impossible to replicate through conventional methods. Mead’s artistry celebrates the resilience and beauty of nature, transforming what some might perceive as flaws – such as knots, rot, and cracks – into the defining features of his work. Reflecting on his approach, Mead commented, “The wood must guide me; it cannot be forced. Thus, the ‘defects’ of these areas usually become the highlights of my work.”

Golden Isles CVB Welcome Center – 529 Beachview Drive

The CVB Welcome Center on St. Simons Island has art by local artists on display and available for purchase in its Live Oak Shop. Regular hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Hotel Simone – 1200 Ocean Boulevard

Trish Rugaber is the current Artist in Residency at Hotel Simone in partnership with Glynn Visual Arts (GVA). Rugaber is the sixth artist to be featured in this series since its launch in January of 2023. GVA is the oldest arts organization in the area with a mission to enrich the community by stimulating interest and participation in the visual arts while providing St. Simons Island and the broader Golden Isles community with a center for creative expression, a source of art education, and a showcase for art and artists both locally and nationally celebrated.

Rugaber has enjoyed drawing and painting since childhood. She studied art in Connecticut before attending graduate school at the University of Florida, where she had the opportunity to study with internationally-acclaimed botanical artist Marion Ruff Sheehan. In the 1990s she embarked on a twelve-year journey of classical studies in oils with Jeanne Nelson Szabo.  During those years, she was a biology and botany professor at the College of Coastal Georgia, and combined her love of the natural world with her art as a way of life.  Over the past 25 years, Rugaber has exhibited widely throughout the Southeast, and her work is represented in many private collections.  She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Botanical Artists, Glynn Visual Arts (St. Simons Island, GA), the Jekyll Island Art Association (Jekyll Island, GA), the Arts Council of Henderson County, the Art League of Henderson County, and the Arts Council of Transylvania County (NC). Rugaber co-founded ArtTrends Gallery on St. Simons Island in 2015, and her work has been an ongoing part of the gallery ever since.      

 Of this exhibition, Rugaber says, “I am honored for this wonderful opportunity. In my 2023-24 series of oil paintings entitled ‘Impressions of Driftwood Beach’, I wanted to capture the awe and inspiration that I feel of this special place in the Golden Isles.  I hope that viewers will catch that spark as well.”  

Rugaber’s work will be on display through June 30 and can be viewed daily during normal business hours in the lobby of Hotel Simone. See more about Trish and her art at trishrugaber.com

Julep Gallery – 269 Redfern Village and now upstairs at Dutchmans Casual Living

A colorfully curated new art gallery in Redfern Village on St. Simons Island. Everyone is welcome to visit. Open 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 11am-3pm Saturday.

Wallin Gallery – 3360 Frederica Road

Original abstract artwork by Ken Wallin on display at his studio. By appointment only.

JEKYLL ISLAND 

Jekyll Island Art Association – Goodyear Cottage – Historic District

April: Jekyll Island Arts Association presents Golden Isles Woodmakers & Turners and Nature’s Generosity – Traveling Wildlife Photography Exhibition on display May 1-31. Opening reception Sunday, May 5, 1-3pm. 

Regular Hours: Weekdays noon-4pm and Weekends 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

ART EXHIBIT OPENINGS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS

MAY

Thursday, May 2

ArtTrends Gallery hosts an Opening Reception for its 9th Anniversary Exhibition from 5-7pm. with Live Music by the Acoustic Duo of Loren and Sandy, “In the Moment”. See all the new works by our distinctive artists of the Golden Isles.

First Friday, May 3

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to share About Face, The Faces of Catherine Durrett in the Millie Wilcox Gallery opening with a community reception during the First Friday festivities from 5-8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Downtown Brunswick.

Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5

The Coastal Georgia Artists Guild is holding their Spring Art Show & Sale in Room 108 of the St. Simons Casino Building. More than 20 local artists will be showing & selling their work. Stop in to meet the artists and learn more about their creations and process while you enjoy viewing works that will bring beauty to any home or office. Free to attend. 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.  

Sunday, May 5

Opening Reception at Goodyear Cottage from 1-3pm for Jekyll Island Arts Association May exhibit: Golden Isles Woodmakers & Turners and Nature’s Generosity – Traveling Wildlife Photography Exhibition . Exhibit on display through May 31.

Thursday, May 9

House Party at Glynn Visual Arts to raise money for capital improvements (weatherproofing) – tickets $50 – 6-8:30pm

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Crafts in the Village returns to Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Come shop handmade and original art, skincare, candles, specialty foods and more from local artists and makers. Free to attend. Visit the Crafts in the Village Facebook page to see previews of vendors participating each month and any special activities or live music. Vendors on site 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. 

Tuesday, May 14

Opening Reception at Glynn Visual Arts for “Transformation” by Michael Jinkins and Jeff Mead. 5:30-7pm

Saturday, May 18

Glynn Visual Arts Pop-Up Art Market at 106 Island Drive from 10am-2pm. Handmade Items including art, jewelry & pottery.

Local Art Exhibits & Events at a Glance-May originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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